10
Apr
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Exactly one year ago, Cinemagram developers teased an Android version of its crazy GIF and/or video-sharing service. 365 days later (today!) that app has finally arrived and it's pretty great! As with the iOS version, you can record a video, loop it, and select certain portions of the video to animate while other portions stay still (which can lead to some surreal effects).

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Since that initial tease a year ago, there have been some changes, however. Twitter released Vine in the interim and Cinemagram has added the similar ability to create short, "edited" videos by letting users hold to record, releasing to change camera positions and continuing. Also, sharing on the web now seems to use a video format instead of defaulting to a GIF (since there was no Android version before, I can't tell when or if that changed).

The GIF sharing situation seems to be a bit broken at the moment as the best I could coax out of it was the below image. Particularly troubling since the primary method of sharing is a much more Vine-like embedded, looping video like the one above. Also, very frustratingly, the "Open" button in the embed above redirects to the iOS app. This can likely be fixed server-side, but is nonetheless frustrating at the moment.

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Hopefully an update will fix the minor issues, but in the meantime, basic sharing still works pretty well as long as you're not picky about format and Vine has yet to drop for Android, so why not give it a whirl?

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Fernando

    Cinemagram is so 2012. We want VINE!

    • RepublicansAreSoStupid

      Twitter sucks, and so does vine.

  • Maxime MARAIS

    Unable to install neither on my Nexus S (Android 4.2.2, CyanogenMod 10.1) nor my HP Touchpad (Android 4.0, CyanogenMod 9): "This item is not compatible with your device."

    Any idea?

  • Michael Sheils

    Sharing is very broke at the moment, and yet another app on the Android platform that doesn't support creating an account via your Google details

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    It isn't compatible with my Nexus 7 or LG Revolution. It's only compatible with the Nexus 10. Odd.

    • Carly

      I'd wager because the N7 doesn't have rear camera that it isn't compatible. My n7 isn't either but my Gnex is

      • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

        Yeah that does make sense, but it is kind of weird that my phone isn't compatible. Perhaps it isn't compatible with Gingerbread? I'm not sure why something like this wouldn't be though.

  • QwietStorm

    Completely forgot they were even working on an Android version. I had been using fotodanz all this time. So tired of devs throwing Android a bone months or a year after the fact. You're ignoring an entire [larger] market.

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

    Is there an option to delete a cine from the Android app?

    • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

      Apparently, no.

    • atlouiedog

      I was wondering the same. I pointed mine at a video on my monitor for some motion, played around with settings, saved it, and now there's a really crappy test video clogging up the service.

      • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

        It's the exact same situation with me. Pointed the camera at the monitor to capture a test clip, and it's stuck on my profile now, with no way to delete it. Retarded of them not to include this basic option (or hide it somewhere obscure, since I can't seem to find it despite looking everywhere in the app).

    • Paul_Werner

      They just literally updated with this feature. Not sure why it wasn't released with it but at least you can delete a cine now

  • Julio Lagara

    Millions more are using KEEK instead of Cinegram or Vine.

  • KRS_Won

    I'm guessing most Google+ users are probably Android,and the fact that Google+ recently allowed you to add a GiF for a profile picture, I can see the Cinemagram app taking off rather quickly on Android.

  • didibus

    Instagram just needs to add this as a feature, and all others are destroyed in an instant.

  • Jakub Vítek

    Does anyone else have problems sharing on facebook? I managed only once to post nicely as a playable link with the appropriate thumbnail. Other tries resulted in a link only, no thumbnail or wouldn't play when clicked in the timeline=one must go to the link outside the facebook.

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