Twitter Adds Live Video to iOS, Android Apps

Twitter announced Wednesday that users of its iOS and Android applications can now create and tweet Periscope-powered live videos directly via their apps.

Twitter announced Wednesday that users of its iOS and Android applications can now create and tweet Periscope-powered live videos directly via their apps.

Senior manager of software engineering Sara Haider said in a blog post that the update will roll out to all iOS and Android users “over the coming days,” and she provided further details on the new feature:

Starting today, you can create and tweet live video from the Twitter app, powered by Periscope. To go live, compose a tweet, and then tap “Live” which brings you to a pre-broadcast screen where you can frame your shot. When you’re ready, press “Go Live” to start broadcasting.

Once you’re live, anyone on Twitter and Periscope can join your live video and participate in your experience. When you’re watching a live video, comment and send hearts by tapping the screen. Hearts show your support for the broadcaster.

Periscope reminded users in a blog post of its own that the app isn’t fading away:

From the map and global feed to featured and suggested channels, our apps and web player on Periscope.tv remain the best place to search and discover Periscope content. We hope you’ll find this to be an easier way to broadcast and join the audience — no matter if you’re scrolling through Twitter or Periscope.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on this major update by Twitter?