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Periscope gets some awesome new features in new update

by Jacob Kleinman | September 10, 2015September 10, 2015 6:00 pm PDT

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Periscope just pushed out a new update for its iOS app, adding a few pretty cool new features. Version 1.2 of the live streaming app includes official support for landscape videos while expanding the Twitter-owned service beyond its own social network.

Landscape support gets top billing in Periscope’s update notes. The new feature means the app will automatically adjust if you start broadcasting while your phone is horizontal. People watching the stream can then choose to hold their own devices upright or turn them 90 degrees for a fullscreen video. This new feature could also help set the stage for the company’s rumored Apple TV app, where a horizontal view makes even more sense.

Facebook support is a pretty big deal, too. By connecting the app to your Facebook account, you’ll be able to share live broadcasts and replays directly to the social network. That’s a big step for the Twitter-owned app. Oh, and there’s also a way to see who’s shared your videos thanks to a new indicator below each one.

For now this update seems limited to Apple devices. The Android app is still stuck on version 1.1 of Periscope, though we assume a similar upgrade is right around the corner.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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