Vine for Android

The Good Vine for Android is great for sharing short video clips on Twitter. The Home feed is smooth and the recording tool works just as well as it does on the iOS version. Also, exclusive to Android users are a zoom feature and widget.

The Bad This young app is still missing autocomplete for mentions and tags. Also, like the iOS version, it can't import already-recorded video for posting.

The Bottom Line If you're looking to jump on the Vine bandwagon, then this is a must-download, but don't expect the app to have everything the iOS version does... yet.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 10.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.9 Overall

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Review

Better, but still not as good as iOS version

After spending the last several months wondering what all the fuss was about, Android users finally get to try out Twitter's younger and increasingly popular video-sharing sibling Vine. While the first iteration of the highly anticipated release certainly worked, it was unquestionably buggy and had a number of missing features, which altogether made it a letdown. Fortunately, the app's handlers at Twitter were fully aware of its shortcomings and worked hard to push out some major improvements.

Because Vine for Android is still a young app playing catch-up, in this review, I'll compare it only with its older sibling on iOS and not to the now-video-capable Instagram app. Vine for Android already has enough to contend with, as it sits in the shadow of the more polished iOS version, so adding Instagram to the party might just muddle things. That said, if you are just looking for an answer as to which is better -- Vine or Instagram -- then you can check out my post that more generally compares the two.

So, in this review, I'll be looking at how well Vine handles the basics and what it needs to become more in line with the iOS version.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Vine Labs, Inc.
  • Compatibility Android
  • Category Social networking, Video and screencasting
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