Shorteurs rejoice as Vine comes to Android
But no front-cam support. #cantfilmmyselfnude
It's the short film app that has allowed aspiring animators and amateur porn-makers alike to spread their creations across the internet - as long as they own an iPhone.
Now Fandroids have been given the chance to emit tiny wee videos of their very own following the release of an almost identical Vine app on Google's smartphone operating system.
The hugely popular app is designed by Twitter and allows users to create six-second film loops or animations, complete with sound, and then share them with friends or strangers.
More than 13 million fanboiyim have already used Vine and the Android version is expected to be equally succesful.
The iPhone version launched in January and, inevitably, enterprising pornographers immediately took the opportunity to upload tons of very brief looped porn videos, while the rest of the world shot videos of their cats or whatever meal they happened to be scoffing at the time.
Although it doesn't yet offer support for front-facing cameras, which may prove disappointing for anyone looking to offer the universe a glimpse of their trendy new haircut, the Android version allows users to zoom in for a better look, something still denied to iPhone fanbois.
Support for other critical features like hashtagging, search, mentions and sharing to Facebook will be rolled out in the coming weeks along with bug fixes for problems which may arise in that period.
In a blog post, Sara Haider, Android engineer at Vine, said:
“Though we’ve been very focused on releasing Vine for Android, we’ve continued to release updates and add new features to the iOS app. As a result, the two apps are not perfectly in sync, but that won’t be the case for long.
“Over the coming weeks, you’ll see frequent updates with new features –– including front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and the ability to share to Facebook –– as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. Of course, this is only the beginning –– we have exciting plans for features that could exist only on Android.”
There were initial teething problems with the app, with some users taking to Twitter to report difficulties downloading from the Google App store.
One tweet said:
There is no word how the new Android version will affect Vine's porn policy. When it first launched, anyone searching for a sexy hashtag like #nude or #knickers was met with a veritable torrent of filth. This led to Apple dropping Vine from its list of recommended apps after a very rude image of a woman having a private moment with an inanimate object was named as one of Vine's "editor's picks". This led in turn to Vine limiting the ability to search for porn using naughty hashtags.
Here are a selection of Twitter responses to the launch of Vine for Android.
Giving us android users vine without the front camera is like giving us a brand new pair of Jordan's & not giving us the laces for them -_-
— Legendary (@ItsQuranTheGod) June 4, 2013
Vine for android is going to ruin the app just like android ruined Instagram— dean (@YNGFLKZ) June 3, 2013
oh good, Vine is now out for Android. can’t wait to see 6 second videos of linux booting, chips getting eaten, and video games being played— jon hendren (@fart) June 3, 2013
One Direction fans were particularly pleased about Vine, which offers them the chance to bombard their idols with images of their developing bodies.
someone give me an iphone so i can get vine and post nude videos for zayn— ☺ carol ☹ (@lovelynarryhugs) June 4, 2013