Vine adds front-facing camera support for Android to combat sharing decline

Vine for Android has at long last been updated to allow users to shoot using the front-facing camera. There's even an upload manager in tow.

It’s finally here! Vine for Android has at long last been updated to let you shoot videos from the front-facing camera. That’s not it, Vine now also has an upload manager to deal with those unsubmitted posts.

Even as Instagram video has started to make its big presence felt a week after its release, this is the second time in that time span that Vine has stepped on the gas and released updates for the Android app. Earlier, the service had added for hashtags and Facebook sharing capabilities earlier, Vine now has released a bunch of new features for the app.

Parent company Twitter put this well; “Vine for Android is now faster and selfie-enabled.” You need not worry about grabbing hold of another person to shoot you on Vine anymore. You can simply fire up the app and use the front camera to shoot a six-second video of yourself.

The neat upload manager

The neat upload manager


The app also has a neat little video manager that lists all the videos that have not yet been uploaded on Vine. It’s a welcome break from the constant notification Vine used to flash if the upload was unsuccessful. The update also brings about improvements to settings, to camera loading time and speed improvements overall. Besides bug fixes and UI improvements, support for more devices too has been added. The update is now available on the Google Play Store.

Meanwhile, the number of shares on Twitter for Vine has plummeted ever since Instagram debuted video. Only earlier this month, we found out that Vine had at long last managed to overtake Instagram’s share on Twitter, thanks to the card support. However, Vine was not meant to be king for too long. Topsy Analytics has revealed now that Instagram video sharing has shot up too. This was expected as Instagram has an extremely large user base of 130 million users and counting who have also embraced videos whole-heartedly.

Free Falling

Free falling


On June 26, Twitter saw less than 900,000 Vine links shared on it, a huge drop of 70 percent since earlier this month. Instagram videos, meanwhile had been shared nearly 1,500,000 times on the same day. Twitter, which declined to comment, must be seeing red over having to watch its own service tank.

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