On the tail of rival live-streaming app Meerkat, Twitter’s Periscope is now also available on Android devices.
The top two apps that allow users to live stream video to fans and followers are now both available on Android and iOS devices. In short, over-sharing just reached a whole new level.
The live-streaming app Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, was the later to hit the scene. It has been chasing Meerkat ever since, including its launch on Google Play. Meerkat was available to Android users starting earlier this month.
Meerkat rose to fame on Twitter, achieving almost overnight popularity and becoming one of the most downloaded apps of all time.
However, Twitter had its own live-streaming service in the works, Periscope, and soon handicapped Meerkat on the social platform.
It’s been a ‘Kat’-fight ever since. Meerkat won the latest battle to be the first onto Android devices, but its glory lasted less than a month. Now the competitors are once again neck-and-neck.
Periscope did get some negative press a few weeks ago, after some used it to live-stream the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight. HBO, Showtime and fight promotors claimed lost revenues due to people watching the fight illegally via live streaming on Periscope.
Periscope CEO, however, called the use of its app a victory—only to find himself in hot water for saying so. The exact number of people who got to watch Mayweather-Pacquiao free thanks to Periscope piracy is unknown.
The incident highlights the high potential for abuse and even illegal use of live-streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat. Questions abound as to whether it’s even possible to police for streaming of protected content or illicit images.
But that clearly hasn’t stopped apps from working to expand their audiences. Now, there’s just no telling what Periscope and Meerkat users will live stream next. That’s both the compelling and the alarming thing about these apps.