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While Instagram is busy rolling out its own "beautiful" (also "gorgeous") video functionality, the folks at Vine are busy making good on the "rapid, significant updates" they promised for this summer, releasing version 1.1 of the service's Android app today.

Responding directly to users' feedback, Vine now includes a "clear cache" option inside the app's settings. Previously, users complained that the app's cache ate up staggering amounts of space.

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Besides that, the update brings integration with Facebook, the ability to search for users and individual hashtags (another user request), improvements to capture and sync, and of course "other bug fixes and UI improvements." Vine co-founder and GM Dom Hoffman did after all promise the team would "continue to make changes to take advantage of Android's design principles and patterns."

If you're a Vine user and haven't already grabbed the update, just hit the widget below.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • John

    Not quite sure why some of these updates didn't come with the initial release, but I'm glad they implemented them quickly. I don't see myself going back to Vine now that Instagram has released a perfectly suitable alternative. I also like that Instragram released the new functionality into the same app. You don't need 2 separate programs like Twitter's version.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Vine was bought my twitter, separate apps. IG was bought by FB, separate apps.
      But i see your point. I just hate how IG doesn't have fucking twitter cards! i have to click though only to be disappointed by the photo (now video)!

  • NoBullet

    I dont get why people would rather stay with Instagram. At least from discovering new videos, Vine is much better. Exploring on Instagram, they just sprinkle videos around, you cant just filter vids. And if its the 15 seconds, I think the 6 seconds is enough. From what ive seen, popular instagram vids are trying to be artsy fartsy, while vine users have fun and be humorous. Plus that whole image filter crap looks pretentious to me.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Constrictions fuel art/creativity. If Twitter had more than 140 characters it would have become anything that it is today.
      The only thing for me is that Vine's app is terrible and took them forever just to update this. IG had a terrific launch after they updated it 3 times within 48 hours. I also dont like how Vine handles #hashtags, @users, and comments, theres also a lot of spam.
      If IG get tap-and-hold to records vs having to HOLD to start recording. Im switching fully to IG but using it as if it was Vine with 6 second limitation.

      • NoBullet

        I use Vince for stop-motion, as well as a lot of other people. Having it set to hold is a lot easier to take frames since you just tap once.

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          I think thats my point (i didnt fully understand the second half of your comment). But i feel like stop-motion and quick cut aways are going to be hard to do in IG Video. I dont like it, i want to be able to tap the screen. Not to mention what if im trying to capture something that's moving quickly, a delay before it starts recording may cause me to miss it.
          Filters on the video are a nice bonus as well.

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    • didibus

      I'm staying with Instagram, because:

      1) You can not make your account private on Vine

      2) I'm tired of signing up for new services over and over
      3) I'd prefer not have to cycle through two different apps to keep up with my feeds
      4) The Vine app, at least on Android, is really bad

      I do find 15 seconds a bit long, but you're not forced to make it 15 second long, so it's not that bad.

      I don't care about "exploring" I only follow my friends and they follow me back. Maybe if I was going more for discovering interesting 6 second clip content, I might use Vine as a 6 second version of YouTube. I think it's Vine strength right now. But personally, I was more looking for a way to share an event that I am attending, or something funny about me, to my friends, and vice versa, which Instagram is great at.

      • grggre

        you are missing out vine is much better

  • david coffey

    Too many social networks. Love the video integration on instagram. 15 seconds is great for me, as most of my videos are of my son. I'd rather capture more of my son than be artsy fartsy with a measly 6 seconds of video. And of course vines videos are more plentiful and superior, instagram video just rolled out yesterday.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Lot of people were like "#RIPVINE" but I'm like its not really competition with vine because of 15s instead of 6. Its pretty dumb for you to upload vines of your kid but IG is way more suitable for that.

  • Aunt Spiker

    Three updates in, and I still can only see videos from certain users (presumably the ones recorded with Android devices), and still can't record any myself. Waited six months for this app, and it's barely even a beta version.

    Funny, Instagram got it right on their first attempt. I really want to use Vine, but there's a limit to how much crap I'll put up with when there's a reliable alternative.

  • Yalla Tschikowski

    Even with this Update, this app still feels very much like beta. And the way they handle the updates this doesnt seem to improve. "You now have a option to delete your cache from the options menu" - Shouldnt the App handle the Cache by itself ? I still have to check Cache, go to the menu and erease it. This 'fix' just feels like a workaround.

  • http://www.ArtworkNotAvailable.com/ Keith Hopkin

    Stop complaining folks! You have a COMPUTER IN YOUR POCKET!

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