Twitter’s Periscope live-streaming app launches on Android

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Live broadcasting Periscope app comes to Android.

Livestreaming app Outcast has officially launched on iOS devices, allowing users to broadcast short snippets of their lives to viewers around the world. Outcast combines the basic idea from apps like Periscope and Meerkat with the permanent and looping nature of Vine or Instagram video, with broadcasts limited to 15 seconds in length. Streaming video cameras aren’t new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

Users can post a like or dislike to each video (represented by a star and tomato, respectively), with the app’s goal being to allow each user the same chance at internet fame as everyone else. Though Kelley simply smiles at the camera, laughs and waves, “Hi, Mom!” Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder and CEO of Periscope, speaks during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference May 5 in New York City. He says that with live video apps such as Periscope, “the world has accepted that these capabilities exist.” Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch hide caption Because people are already used to cameras being just about everywhere, Periscope CEO and co-founder didn’t think his app was going to be controversial. “We are the benefactors of kind of coming into the game many years later where there still are legitimate questions but for the most part, the world has accepted that these capabilities exist,” he says. Suddenly, I realized that six people had tuned in to watch my naked toes live. “It certainly will create situations where the editorial pause that currently exists — where you can think about what you’re posting before you post it — goes away,” he says. “You could imagine that people will broadcast things that they wish they hadn’t.” “They explore their worlds, they explore social relationships, they explore sexuality, they explore many things — many of which have not only privacy issues but safety issues that arise,” he says.

Moreover, if you’re watching a broadcast on an Android phone and you’re interrupted–maybe you get a text you must deal with right away–you can do what you have to do, then easily return to the Periscope app and the broadcast you were watching with a single tap. The company said that the iOS app attracted 1 million people in the first ten days following the Periscope launch, but hasn’t revealed any user data since.

For example, if there were multiple casters at a football game, the footage would include a variety of vantage points, instead of a single perspective from one stream. That’s not OK.” Still, it’s not hard to imagine a lot of unsavory stuff slipping through the cracks because it’s live — it could be anything from porn to violence.

Meanwhile Meerkat, which also launched on the iOS platform and ahead of Periscope, released its own Android version a few weeks ago, again beating its Twitter-owned rival to the punch. Several people in that mall parking lot in San Francisco, like Charlene Smith, say they just hope that most people will be reasonable. “That we’re a society that’s mostly people of goodwill and good intention for the greater good,” Smith says. “That they’ll behave reasonably responsibly.” At an event recently, the comedian Chelsea Handler was shown how Periscope works.

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