Things have cooled down a bit lately in the live-streaming “game of chess” between Periscope and Meerkat, but believe it or not, the race to be the top dog is still there. Earlier in the month Meerkat made its latest move beating Periscope onto Android, proving that Twitter and Periscope will have to work a little harder (and faster) in order to beat Meerkat. Meerkat‘s launch on Android was a close call for Periscope, but now it’s closing the gap by launching its own Android app, only a few weeks later.
So, the Periscope app on Android is here and it comes with extra features! First of these is the “return to broadcast” which is quite handy – it allows users to return to what they were watching after being interrupted by a call or a message. Users simply tap on the notification that Android adds to the Home screen when it interrupts their streams, after they’re done with their “interruption”.
Then we’ve also got the notification settings which are now global, which means that if you turn off notification alerts when someone goes live, shares a feed, or when you get a new follower, you cannot choose to do so at an individual level. Essentially, turning off certain types of notifications will apply to all users, and you cannot choose to receive notifications from specific users or based on specific users.
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Finally, although Periscope on Android is supported by KitKat 4.4 and later, it’s design is more suited to Lollipop 5.0, making it a much more streamlined experience for users. This also leads to a separate button that will allow a user to broadcast, rather than having an entire separate tab. Lollipop’s Material Design also allows users to swipe between tabs. Have you tried it yet? If so, what did you think of the app?
If not, you can always find Periscope on the Google Play Store and download it today.