Twitter launches Periscope for iOS to take on Meerkat

Twitter launches Periscope for iOS to take on Meerkat

Twitter today finally launched Periscope for iOS as its answer to popular live video streaming app Meerkat. The microblogging network acquired Periscope a couple of months ago and the deal was officially announced earlier this month.

Twitter’s Periscope app has all good things that one use on Meerkat. Whether it is the ability to broadcast live videos, get new followers, comment on other video streams and most importantly, sharing on Twitter. In addition, the app has a feature that lets users to even replay their live video streams for the first 24 hours. This is quite helpful especially when users, mainly broadcasters, are hosting Q&A sessions through Periscope platform.

Periscope for iOS

Periscope for iOS

Periscope for iOS also has a lock icon that allows users to limit access of their live video streams for a specific group of people.

Similar to Twitter, Periscope app provides real-time notifications when users get new followers, comments or replies to their comments. It also provides suggestions on whom to follow based on Twitter account.

Periscope app has hearts, just as likes on Facebook and favourite stars on Twitter, to highlight the most favourite video streams. Furthermore, there is a “Most Loved” list that provides all the video streams that have got several hearts.

The arrival of Periscope app by Twitter is considered as a competitive move to take on Meerkat. However, the latter still has a large number of users across the globe compared to the newly launched app.

Twitter’s attempt to bring out Periscope app seems to be quite similar to what Facebook did last year with launching its Snapchat rival app called Slingshot. Compared to Snapchat, Slingshot has fewer downloads, but offers an advanced experience with new features.

That being said, Periscope for iOS is now available for free download on Apple App Store. The app is 14.8MB in size and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running on iOS 7.1 or above.

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