Periscope Update Offers Improved Global Map, Skip Ahead on Replays

The update allows users to fast forward or rewind while watching stream replays, and browse video replays on the app's global map.

Periscope has announced the latest update for its app on iOS and Android devices, which includes an improved global map and the ability to skip ahead while watching replays.

This skipping feature allows users to press and hold on the screen while watching a replay, and drag left and right to fast forward or rewind to another point in time. The app offers preview images as users drag to help them find what they’re looking for. While still holding on the screen, dragging a finger up or down changes how quickly the stream skips forward or backward.

In addition, Periscope’s updated global map now features replays from the past 24 hours, as well as current live streams. When viewing the map, red dots are live broadcasts, while blue dots represent replays. Users can zoom in on a specific region on the map to view more of these past or current streams.

Elsewhere, the app’s People Tab has received a new ‘trending’ section, which highlights a list of recently popular broadcasters, and 3D Touch implementation allows users on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to access shortcuts from the Periscope app icon on the device home screen. These shortcuts allow users to quickly start a new public or private stream, search for users on Periscope or quickly access live streams taking place in random locations around the world.

Periscope is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. With this update, Android users now have access to pinch-to-zoom while broadcasting, which was previously only available on iOS.