Periscope 1.0

This application is used for live video streaming and people can search videos by topic

  • Category:

    Video

  • Version:

    1.0

  • Works under:

    Android 4.3

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    5.0 (2)

Periscope for Android is an app that was built by Twitter with the express purpose of allowing live video streaming through their platform. There aren't many other live streaming apps with the same functionality and simplicity as Periscope despite the fact that live-stremaing has been around for quite some time. The problem was that no mobile ports existed to capture the market, at least in terms of products that could handle the load. Twitter got it right for the mobile industry when they released Periscope.

The interface for Periscope is exceptionally basic since that is the way Twitter tends to operate. Users with existing Twitter credentials can access the app, and it is possible to create an account specifically for the platform. New users will then be given a brief explanation of the software and what it can do. The welcome screen is only temporary, and soon the user will be greeted with a live feed of streams coming from all across the globe. Since Twitter is such a widely used platform, much of the content won't be in English, but English users will still find that content entertaining and informative.

One of the drawbacks of the system is that there is no way to search for or browse through any specific theme or topic. Users must follow accounts on Twitter to get access to their direct streams, and it isn't even possible to limit the streams to local areas. Such a feature would have been highly useful to those vacationing in an unfamiliar city. There are also no curated categories for the live feeds, which can detract from the overall experience.

Like many apps of this nature, the only way to broadcast a live stream is to give the app permission to use your location, camera, and microphone. Before you start streaming, you'll be given the chance to write out a small description of the content you are about to produce. Those that would prefer to keep their streams private can do so using the tiny lock icon on the screen. Since this app is integrated fully with Twitter, users will also be given the option to send out a tweet that shows they are live streaming through Periscope.

If you'd like to save the video you just sent out to the world, you can do so with just a few clicks. You can also browse through the analytical details of the recent stream, which conveys viewer info and basic details about the footage. This is one of the most simplistic apps of its genre, so users will have an easy time learning the finer points of the app.

The simplicity of the app has its ups and downs, but there are quite a few more ups than downs. The design in intuitive and simple, but the lack of categories for browsing is a bit annoying.

Pros

  • Basic Interface
  • Easy To Broadcast
  • Engaging Content

Cons

  • Lacks Categorized Feeds
  • Can't Browse By Topic

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