Live is a new dimension to video. Just an hour ago, I was watching the unveil of the Porsche Boxter live from NY Auto Show. Yesterday I watched dogs playing. I’m following live tech news by Lewis from Unboxed Therapy. All this from my phone, using the brand new apps, or twitter companions I should say, Periscope and Meerkat.
It started with Meerkat. SXSW (South by SouthWest, Austin, Texas) saw the release of the instantly popular app, Meerkat. Meerkat is an app to live stream and watch contact straight off your Twitter followers. You sign up with Twitter and start watching any of the stuff being broadcasted from all parts of the globe on that single app. Infant, you can message the broadcaster live, connect with them, and ask them questions they could reply on stream. However, there is one shortcoming: once streamed, a video cannot be rewatched. Then came Periscope.
Periscope was initially a separate app but it was purchased by Twitter for $100 million in response to Meerkat. It launched on 26th March, and has grown to be way more popular than Meerkat. Periscope seems like a much more refined, ‘better’ version of Meerkat, performing almost the same tasks in a more modern look. Moreover, you can watch previously streamed videos.
So how good are these apps? They are epic. Especially Periscope, for its clean interface and up-to-date looks. I spend quiet some time looking at quality broadcasts. You can also “heart” the stream as it plays, showing your interest in whats being broadcasted. Its a really cool experience…something like a video chat in a more ‘open world’ fashion.
One thing though, hard luck if you are on Android: neither of these apps are available on the Play Store, and although they are under development, it will be some time before Androiders can use them. These apps are currently only available on the iOS App Store (linked below).
Its really time to get ‘em and give it a go yourself. Find yourself following some great Periscope artists and they’ll keep you busy quiet often. These apps are a must have on your iPhone (or the scaled version on the iPad), and after using it for a while, I’m sure all of you will love them.
Here are the links:
There we go! More on the S6 Edge, WhatsApp Calling feature coming soon! Keep Technonerding!
Header image source: Time