The Meerkat live video streaming mobile app has beaten Twitter's own Periscope in penetrating the iOS market. Now, it is doing it again but on the Android platform (supporting version Android 4.2). The Periscope app now has a lot of catching up to do.
The Meerkat mobile app for Android may have been labeled as a “beta” version (similar to an earlier version that was only made available to a very limited number of invited users) but it appears to have no restrictions when it comes to device options. Moreover, the list of core features seem to be complete, at least when compared to the Meerkat mobile app for iOS.
Overall, viewing video streaming content directly from the mobile app appears to go smoothly. And it is good to note that the Meerkat mobile app for Android more or less sticks to the same rules compared to the Meerkat mobile app for iOS. This means that users can not re-watch feeds once they have gone.
In a very competitive field, it often pays to be a few steps ahead, at least in terms of the launch date of your product. Meerkat has certainly done that by releasing versions of its mobile app for both the iOS and now the Android mobile operating systems. Indeed, Meerkat has provided itself with a good head start over Periscope. But until we can see what Twitter's own live video streaming app is all about on the Android platform, there is no telling yet which one offers the most advantages for Android users who love watching live video streams on their mobile devices.
And remember that Meerkat's offering is still in its beta stage. There are bound to be some bugs. But on the plus side, it can only get better. And if the developers of Meerkat can learn from its beta fine tuning of the app, the finalized version is sure to be a more improved and polished result. But
Meerkat brought its mobile app to the Google Play store last April 30th, and it has already racked up between 100,000 and 500,000 number of installations. As of now, there is no word yet of any app updates, or when it will get rid of its beta status label.
Almost a couple of months ago, Twitter had announced Periscope, its own live video streaming service. It is already available on iOS, but its Android version is still reportedly being developed. Delays notwithstanding, Periscope has proven to be popular with users, with about 1 million people now using the service within its first 10 days.
Things will really get more interesting once Periscope gets its Android app up and running. As for Meerkat, it should enjoy its head start while it lasts.
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