After promising in early April that Periscope for Android was coming “soon,” Twitter today is following through on that promise. Periscope for Android arriving on Google Play today
Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming app, is launching on Android today. Just like the iOS app that’s been available for two months, Periscope for Android will let you broadcast video of whatever you’d like to your followers as well as view both recent and ongoing broadcasts.
The only difference in Android app is that of a big red broadcast button that’s in the design of a floating action button, which fits in with Google’s Material Design aesthetic. On iOS, that broadcast button is a tab at the bottom of the screen. Another Android feature is that if you jump away from a Periscope broadcast into another app, you’ll get a notification in your app drawer that’ll get you right back to the broadcast that you were watching.
There are also a couple of minor, Android-specific features. Push notifications are slightly more granular, though there’s still no way to toggle notifications from individual accounts. And if you switch away from a broadcast to another app, you can return to it from a banner placed inside the notification drawer. The livestreaming craze was iOS – only earlier this year, with neither Meerkat nor Periscope available on any other mobile platform. Finally, it has changed, all you Android users can now join the livestream craze, with Meerkat coming out of Beta and Periscope going live on Play Store.
Periscope is now available in the Google Play Store, and should work on phones running Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above, thought it’s worth noting that the app is still not live on the play store