Vine 1.0.7 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Vine 1.0.7 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Twitter’s Vine debuted in late-January exclusively on Apple’s iPhone so you could easily spam the web with a few seconds worth of “viral” clips. While we knew it would eventually land on Android, its somewhat slow adoption had prompted Twitter to go back to the drawing board and add more features.

Less then five months later, Vine for Android is a reality. And reminding us that Vine still exists, Twitter has proudly announced that the iPhone edition now has thirteen million users – hardly what you’d call a successful iPhone app.

Perhaps a bit unsurprisingly, many features from the iOS app are currently missing in the initial Android release. On the other hand, the Android version happens to include a feature Twitter says isn’t possible on the iPhone…

Twitter in a blog post confirms that the two versions are not perfectly in sync.

Vine 1.0 for Android supports only the basic functionality: capturing/sharing 6-second clips, the Explore tab, sharing to Twitter and the Find Friends feature.

iOS features not found in the initial Vine for Android release: front-facing camera support, search, mentions and hashtags and sharing to Facebook.

Here’s Vine for Android.

Twitter for Android (teaser 001)

Interestingly enough, Vine for Android sports a feature that’s unique to Android: zoom.

More worryingly, Twitter says future updates will bring more features “that could exist only on Android.”

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that – Android by the virtue of Google’s proclaimed openness does allow programmers to implement capabilities that are not possible on iOS devices, unless you’re jailbroken.

We notably heard the same argument concerning Facebook’s Home app. According to the prominent iOS hacker Pod2go, Apple could relax restrictions by releasing a custom firmware for developers version that doesn’t require signed code.

You can grab Vine for Android right from Google’s Play store. The app requires Android 4.0 or higher. The latest version of Vine for the iPhone and iPod touch can be downloaded free from Apple’s App Store App Store.

  • Kevin Butler

    Finally. Don’t have to use my iPad for Vine anymore.

  • Wait, no search? What’s the point? How are you go to find people to follow?

    • steve00000

      it integrates with twitter so you’ll find all your existing twitter friends 😉

      • Yes but if I want to fllow someone on vine but not twitter I’m out of luck.

      • steve00000

        ask them there username

      • Ungortunalbcelebritiea don’t respond to civilians like myself.

      • steve00000

        most people (and celebs) would just ‘login with twitter’ so there vine user name would be the same as twitters and again will be detected when adding friends from twitter

  • Krel Adam

    Android for VINE is a lot slower and laggier than iOS version. Why would they release this piece of shit