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Vine Launches On Android 33

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-it-out dept.
Dawn Kawamoto writes "Twitter's free social media video app Vine is now on Android. But while the app rocked on the iOS platform, especially among teens, its move to Android has...dare I say...been a bit of a tangled mess. It launched on Google play without the capability for the two apps to sync, nor does it have such features as front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags. Another biggie is it doesn't yet allow users to post their six-second videos to Facebook. Vine says it's working on these features and all should be good soon. For now, however, a swing on the vine may not be a robust experience."
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Vine Launches On Android

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  • Ah, Twitter... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Monday June 03, 2013 @01:30PM (#43897861) Journal

    "If we crack down on 3rd party developers, that means we don't have to measure our software against the standard they set, right?"

    • Re:Ah, Twitter... (Score:5, Informative)

      by nedwidek (98930) on Monday June 03, 2013 @01:46PM (#43898041)

      Almost the point I was going to make. I'd hate to see the code behind this. First of all, if you are supporting the rear camera, the front camera support is all of 5 minutes (button in the UI, and passing the constant for front or rear camera based on the button state).

      Then I read that they are only supporting 4.0+. Seriously? You can do everything they're doing there with the support jar and include all the way back to 2.0. If you want to do it nicely just pull in ActionBarSherlock and PageIndicator.

      • Re:Ah, Twitter... (Score:4, Informative)

        by maccodemonkey (1438585) on Monday June 03, 2013 @02:36PM (#43898553)

        Then I read that they are only supporting 4.0+. Seriously? You can do everything they're doing there with the support jar and include all the way back to 2.0. If you want to do it nicely just pull in ActionBarSherlock and PageIndicator.

        ActionBarSherlock has it's own bugs, and it adds inconsistencies.

        It's just easier to support 4.0 and higher, and with 4.0's market share climbing you'll see this more and more. It's not worth taking the download size increase, additional bugs, or additional inconsistencies in ActionBarSherlock, when you could just support the OS most of your users are likely to use anyway.

        Plus, there are improvements around the camera in 3.0 and higher that ActionBarSherlock doesn't fix.

        • by yincrash (854885)
          I imagine the camera API is the biggest reason they went 4.0+ only. Putting version wrappers around all that junk is probably not fun. ABS is fairly rock solid, so I wouldn't really consider that that much a reason to hold back 1/3 of the android market.
          • ABS is fairly rock solid, so I wouldn't really consider that that much a reason to hold back 1/3 of the android market.

            We've seen issues with ActionBarSherlock. Not enough to keep us from releasing the app, but definitely enough to cause development fits.

            ABS has been good about fixing bugs, but again, that's just one more thing that gets in the way that we'd rather do without.

          • by nedwidek (98930)

            The only thing in 4.0 that I could agree with you on is that 4.0 added a face detection API (in fact it was the only API change in android.hardware for 4.0). As far as a wrapper being not fun/onerous.... That might confuse a Java 101 student and yeah, wrappers aren't glitzy, but you do it everywhere. Any time you need to account for hardware or OS options you have to do something (this goes for iOS and Android). In this case you do everything you would have done and if the version is less than 4.0 don't do

    • Seems like it's not just twitter. Facebook seems to be worse, despite being out for years. It still takes up half the ram on my ipad no matter what I do short of removing it. On my android, it somehow eats a third of my battery.
  • The kids were nothing to look at either.

    Bad puns are simply that. Bad.

  • Watch out for thatOOOHtreeeee!
  • by tqk (413719) <s.keeling@mail.com> on Monday June 03, 2013 @02:04PM (#43898185)

    Another biggie is it doesn't yet allow users to post their six-second videos to Facebook.

  • In other news... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ttucker (2884057)
    Nobody cares.
  • The article says they got 13 million users in a year. I feel like the company would have come out with an Android version faster than that...maybe like 2-3 million users.

  • So what is vine?

    The website says absolutely nothing, there are apps for two OSs I don't use, no web interface, no description...?

    Does it have ANY market share? Why should we care?

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