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What’s New With Periscope?

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2015 | No Comments

Periscope, a mobile app for Android and iPhone that lets the users to broadcast video live, was developed by friends Joseph Bernstein and Kayvon Beykpour. This app has been given a warm welcome by the entertainment and technology industries, politicians and even citizen broadcasters. We covered the app in a TechGeniux Periscope article a few months ago. This article will cover some of the new features users can utilize using the platform.


What is Periscope?
Periscope allows its users to live-stream video from their smart phones, and it can also be used in combination with Twitter, enabling all the other users to see links that are tweeted in order to see live-streams. Any brand can use Periscope in extremely creative and new ways. In fact, live streaming technology is the new leading edge. The app has become the popular talk of the technology world, enticing the attention of media companies and broadcasters, who have realized that it provides a very inexpensive method of reaching new target audiences. The app was purchased by Twitter for $100m (£67m) in March. Initially, the duo had the idea in 2013 when they decide whether they should visit Taksim Square in Istanbul soon after the reports of riots. They were keen to see what was going on in places in real time and what people are experiencing who were there at that time. After its iPhone launch, the app quickly gained a million users in just the first ten days and gained many more after its launch in May on Android.

What’s New With Periscope?
In an effort to make its users happy and interested, Periscope is going to add new functionality. In an interview, Kayvon Beykpour said that they need to find a balance between keeping the freshness and uniqueness of the app. He further added that they have some ideas on how to do this. They intend to give people the utility in the cases where users want content to be shared extensively as well as to preserve it.  There are some users who complained about the portrait-only streaming option of Periscope’s, however Beykpour hinted that they will change it soon. He further said that their personal feelings, their observation has guided them towards portrait for being the predominant viewing experience and capture mechanism and this obviously resulted in conflicts when the output device from a Periscope ends up being a TV, but now they need to make it better.

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