Vine, the six second video app best-known for creative stop motion and one-liner jokes from aspiring comedians, finally landed in the Google Play store today for Android devices after its long stint as an iPhone-only service. In a blog post announcing the news, Twitter boasted that the app is still growing rapidly thanks to its easy to use tap-to-record controls and 13 million user community, but is the Vine craze just beginning or is it already winding down?
I downloaded Vine four months ago and for a while I didn’t look back, following anyone with an interesting account I could find and racking up a decent (if not necessarily impressive) number of followers myself. A few months later, however, the app had grown stale. I couldn’t convince any of my friends to join Vine and many of the hilarious accounts I had followed eagerly at first were still reusing the same old jokes. I stopped checking Vine obsessively, then I stopped checking at all, booting up the app maybe once per week to record something and share it on Twitter.
I was ready to be done with Vine, but I think Twitter’s app may be getting its second wind. Not only has it launched on Android with an exclusive zoom-in feature that will help push millions more people to upload their own Vines, but for the first time in months people are telling me about the app instead of the other way around. It looks like the Vine renaissance has arrived, and I’m ready to dive back in.
As you can see below, Samsung is just as excited.