Vine is a way to shoot short videos and share them on Twitter, but it's been an iOS exclusive for the last few months. Well, Twitter has finally seen fit to grace the lowly Android users with some mini videos. Happily, the interface has a bit of Holo to it.


The Vine app is still propagating in the Play Store, so don't be alarmed if the link doesn't work yet. Once you get up and running, you'll be able to shoot 6 second videos with sound. That might not sound terribly impressive, and from a technical perspective, it isn't. Vine is useful because it makes sending videos over Twitter much easier.

Vine for Android will be available on phones running 4.0 or higher. The Twitter blog post promises future updates will bring support for front-facing cameras, search, mentions, hashtags, push notifications, and Facebook sharing. If the initial release is sounding a bit barebones, the Android version is at least getting a unique feature: zoom. Twitter promises more Android-only features in the future.

[Twitter Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • giovanni645

    apk? =p

  • Sean Powell

    Why does it take so long for these things to be written fire android? iOS always seems to get these things months ahead

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      These devs don't work with Android usually, so they have zero clues on where to put hands. The fact that they're usually submerged in Apple's ecosystem doesn't help too.

      • http://twitter.com/GiuntaRob Roberto Giunta

        What a rational thinking company like Twitter should have done instead of waiting half a year:

        *throws money at an android dev* GO MAKE A VINE APP, ASAP!

        • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

          It's not exactly what a rational company would have done. Actually, it's the exact opposite. Paying someone to do your Android app means tying yourself to that person/agency FOREVER, since your actual paid devs have no clue. So, it's better waiting a couple months and having your devs learn Android development.
          For the consumer is less than ideal, for the company it's the second best way.
          The first, you ask? Hiring devs who actually know development on all the major platforms.

    • Guest

      It's an app that makes gifs. Who cares.

      • ElfirBFG

        Exactly. I've used Cinemagram about twice in the two months I've had it on my phone.

      • krazyfrog

        Last time I checked, GIFs didn't have audio in them.

  • KevinMCo

    "Twitter promises more Android-only features in the future."

    Why? I want the app to be as feature-complete as possible on all platforms. Of course, there are a lot of things that simply can't be done with iOS 6, but I can't think of any such limitation that would impact Vine...

    • nawa

      Maybe they meant rich notifications? Or widget. These are truly Android-only features. :)

      • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

        There's lots more unique features than that! They could enable loads of things

        • nawa

          These two were the first I've remembered :)

    • Ark

      Dunno. The Pebble app seems to have issues getting around the walled garden, and it works beautifully on Android. Stands to reason that integration is easier on open software.

  • Delaney Scarangella

    Link doesnt work?

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      Read the blog post.

  • Billy Presley

    Why am I only seeing this: http://imgur.com/l268ZtQ

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      Because you're not able to read a blog post, it seems.

      • andy_o

        Didn't have time. S/he was busy uploading that screenshot to imgur, you see.

  • rhymiZ

    The link or App was taken down..

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      Read the blog post, once again.

      • rhymiZ

        Sorry about that :P I just read Vine got excited and I didn't read anything else lol, You really didn't have to Vote down for me :D

        • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

          Since you took your time to apologize, the down vote shall be removed.

  • BrianLipp

    wow, does anyone actually READ the article?

    "The Vine app is still propagating in the Play Store, so don't be alarmed if the link doesn't work yet."

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      Doesn't seems so.

    • Sqube

      I read the headline. According to what I've learned on the internet, reading anything more than that could very well make me a "fag".

  • Floris

    Uhhhm why would you call it 'a bit of Holo'? It seems like they did a good job at incorporating it..

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun



      Yeah, it seems pretty good. I still can't try it yet, but I'd definitely say it's not "a little bit holo".

  • KrisztiĆ”n Kelemen

    if anyone has an apk, don't be affraid to share :) thank you :)

  • Max Barlow

    Its up!

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      Is it downloading for you? I can see it but it says that it couldn't determine if my device is compatible.

      • Max Barlow

        Yeah... Kinda burst my bubble really :/
        Doesn't work if you follow the link online to the store on my phone either, says install then throws an error saying it couldn't be found

    • Metroview

      Not fully, yet. Can't determine if my S3 is compatible.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Working fine for me now. Just installed it.

  • Rami

    Wow, finally the best app ever came to Android, I can't wait to start producing 6 second videos !!! Hollywood should start trembling now...

    (ps. I am only being sarcastic, I don't have any use for it)

  • vidriera

    best part of the article imo is that "fartpalace" liked the image in the example. oh, LOL and donglord69

  • rhymiZ

    Going through my Vine feed like a baws on my Galaxy S3!

  • Daniel
  • nawa

    Anyone else has only black screen on startup?

    • Optimus2X-Vine

      Me ! I have a LG Optimus 2X with ICS 4.0.4 and all i get is a blackscreen while launching, then closs without message.

      • nawa

        I see. I've already seen some other Tegra 2 powered phones, they have the same problem

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Well, we're about to suddenly have a lot more short videos in addition to photos in various articles, like reviews.

    • Ark

      If only there was a service that hosted videos longer than 6 seconds for free.

      • Matt

        Yeah, but it's more about the creative exercise of making a witty/funny/smart story into a 6 second video. That's like saying Twitter is pointless because blogs exist.

        • Ark

          Actually it's not. He implied there will be added content to the site because they can now have 6 second review videos. I implied youtube is superior for that.

          An apt analogy would be saying "That's like saying Twitter is bad for writing essays just because Word exists"

          • Matt

            I don't see how that's a more apt analogy. He's talking about short videos and Vine is a better platform for short videos than YouTube. Nobody goes onto Twitter wanting to write an essay; if you want to make a 140-character post and decide to put it on a blog instead of Twitter, it's similarly backwards. Different platforms for different styles.

          • Ark

            No, he's talking about making videos for various articles, like reviews. That's why he said "we're about to suddenly have a lot more short videos in addition to photos in various articles, like reviews". The giveaway is on the last part of the sentence, where he says "articles, like reviews"

          • Matt

            Right..."short" videos in various articles, like reviews. The giveaway is in "short":P If you want a short, 6 second witty video in the middle of a review to give your concise takeaway...Vine would be perfect. If you want a 10 minute review, then absolutely go with YouTube.

          • Ark

            Yes, review videos should use youtube and not Vine, I agree. you make a compelling argument against the use of Vine on review articles, Matt. I wish I'd thought of that and not had this retarded conversation

          • Matt

            Ha...come on, man. Reviews clarifies "articles", not "videos." You know what Artem meant.

          • Arise_Chicken909

            Why bother engaging him?

          • Matt

            Well, I thought there was a chance he wasn't trolling.

          • AlanHughes

            Dude, no. Just no.

    • andy_o

      If you're not joking, I hope there's an "autoplay off" button on your side!

  • atlouiedog

    I don't have any kids or pets so my phone's camera is woefully underused when it comes to video. Thanks to Vine finally coming to Android I have a reason to once again use it once, say, "huh, that was neat," and forget about it for another few months.

  • Tom

    Great, now iPhone users will have to see what poor people have to share. :/

    • atlouiedog

      I was actually about to go search twitter for complaints from iPhone users. I remember some howling from them when we got Instagram. Their tears give me strength. It was good stuff.

    • Gloria Tortorella

      Yeah, this truly sucks.
      Imposters who got their shiny iPhone 5 with cheap soul-binding contracts shouldn't be able to post their crap too, the world is going crazy I tell you, CRAZY!

      • Ark

        Why. Why would you engage.

    • Ark

      Ohhhh controversial, edgy and unexpected. You, sir, are a fresh breath of originality and I welcome your oh-so-clever dig at those who own phones with this operating system.

    • r3drox

      Lawd I hope this is sarcasm.....is it?

  • http://www.buttie.pl/ buttie

    It seems like early beta for me. On my N7 I've managed to FC it twice in 5 minutes since install. Integration with Twitter is, well... strange. It listed not even half of accounts I follow (some of the missing are heavy Vine users) but somehow insist that I follow few accounts I didn't even now existed.

    • Ark

      it doesnt have front camera functionality, So the best you could do on a N7 is browse other peoples videos.

      • http://www.buttie.pl/ buttie

        Umm, you're wrong here... The app doesn't support front camera in phones, but if the front one is the only one that exists it treats it like normal cam. Nevertheless, it doesn't matter, app FCd while browsing videos and switching tabs.

  • Jrocker23

    Testing it Droid DNA and so far the save feature under your profile options doesnt work and video screen has no start or stop button and the only way to make a video is to tap the screen until the green finish box pops up but you cant see it because you have to use the rear camera.. Unless this is a DNA problem, the app needs a lot of work.

  • http://twitter.com/fariflux fari

    What I love about Vine is the ability to follow celebrities/bands/musicians I love that regularly upload funny videos. Darren Criss is the main reason I'm using Vine. (:

  • Ark

    The app seems to be an Alpha build btw. A bunch of buttons in the settings don't do anything, and most people seem to be having trouble connecting it to tweeter. C- for effort.

  • Ark

    * Force Closes
    * No front camera functionality
    * Failing to connect to twitter
    * Save button on profile doesn't do anything
    * Feedback button doesn't do anything (convenient)
    * Filming interface looks like ass (cut off black square with a big placeholder-looking X on top)
    * When you finish a Vine it starts processing, which takes a while, and cannot be cancelled...too bad if you didn't want that Vine, sit and wait.

    People don't know about Vine in my country, and I was looking forward to introducing them to it....but not like this.

    • NDice

      You honestly think you're the only person who knows about vine in your country? The arrogance is staggering. Maybe you meant you're the only one who knows about it in your group of friends? Unless you're the only person in your country with internet access?

      • WHO?


  • biggerguysf

    Got my first Vine app yesterday that I could view online, and I gotta say that this is the biggest bunch of crap I've seen in a while. Everything about this implementation is annoying to me. But I wish them good luck anyway.

  • salmanj1

    I can browse through videos fine, but when it comes to actually recording a video, it gets stuck on initialization.
    Device: Galaxy S 4G

    ROM: AOKP 4.1.2

  • Mehmet Fatih

    Haven't tried the app yet but I gotta ask, why the f*ck is everyone giving 1 star to this app on google play? Is it that bad?

  • gabbyrawrs

    is anyone elses screen black while trying to record a video on vine and did you fix it and how?

  • Aspen

    If I updated my lg thrill to ICS 4.0.4, why does the google play store keep saying that my device is not compatible with the app?

  • WhyYouBadAtCoD

    Why does it keep saying intializing?