Vine for Android now supports selfies

Break out the front-facing camera and show yourself a little love with Vine's faster app for Android.

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Calling all selfie-obsessed digital denizens, Vine for Android now caters to you.

The weeks-old Twitter-owned video application was updated Thursday with support for the front-facing camera, meaning Android users can switch between front and back cameras when shooting itty-bitty scenes for their videos.

The app was also gifted some major speed improvements that Dom Hofmann, one of the app's co-founders, said in a now-deleted tweet makes the app, "the fastest video app among the video apps that copied us."

A deleted tweet from Vine creator Dom Hofmann takes a jab at copycat video apps. Screenshot/Jennifer Van Grove/CNET

Hofmann is, of course, referring to Facebook-owned Instagram, which recently launched a video option that seemed to be inspired by Vine's stop-and-start format for capturing 6-second, looping mini flicks.

The Vine for Android update is the second in as many weeks. Last week, the Android version of the video application got the basics : search, mentions, hashtags, and Facebook-sharing.

With Instagram and Vine now competing for your video attention you can expect to see both services attempt to perfect their respective offerings. Case in point: Vine's creators recently teased pending features and a new design with their own 6-second videos.


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