In case you have not already heard of it, Periscope is an app from Twitter that lets users from all around the globe share their videos and that too in real time. The idea is no doubt a unique one, which has the potential to take social media and video streaming to a whole new level. Periscope got released on iOS in March 2015 but now it is on Android as well. The rest of this post will show you how to download, install and use Periscope on your Android device but just in case you're looking for best Android tablet app, here is our post
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Installing The App
Installing is simple and if you’re not using Android for the first time you won’t find any trouble. Just in case you are…here is what you have to do.
Open the Google Play Store, search for Periscope and simply tap “Install” You will be asked for several permissions since Periscope needs access to your Camera, Microphone and Location Services. Just accept all of these and you’re good to go.
Since Periscope is a Twitter app, you will need to have a Twitter account to access and start using it. If you have an account already just enter the details and login. If you don’t, click on “create account” and follow the on-screen instructions.
Periscope on Android will also allow you to use multiple accounts. Great for users who would like to keep their personal and business accounts separate. To setup multiple accounts just click on the icon at the top right of the screen and then “add account” button.
After authorizing the Twitter ID you now have to choose a username. Once you have done that tap “create account” and you will be shown a list of people to follow.
Using The Interface
The main screen looks more like Tubmblr. There is a scrollable selection of videos, just select the one you want and it will take you to the video being broadcasted live.
To say something to the person streaming the video live just tap on the “say something” area – type your message and it will be shown on the screen in real time. Here you can ask a question, comment, praise or ask the creator of the video to zoom in or out for a better view. In the bottom right corner you can also see the number of people currently watching the video.
Tapping the cross on the top of the screen will take you back to the main screen. Here you will notice that on the top there are 3 icons “People” “TV” and “Globe” - The TV icon will tell you if any of your friends or people you are following are currently broadcasting. The Globe icon shows you all the videos currently being broadcasted. The people icon will suggest you the most popular accounts you might want to follow.
There is one other icon “circled person” – this is your profile, which you can setup at anytime. Here you can choose a display picture and find out more about your followers.
Your Own Live Streaming
On your “global” or “TV” screen, you will notice a small red icon located in the bottom right of your screen. Click this start broadcasting live. Here you will be asked to make this broadcast public or private then you will be asked to give it a name so that people may find it easy to search. Before the live broadcast begin you can also change some other settings like whether or not you would like users to comment on the video, whether or not you want it to be posted on your Twitter and if you want your location to be shown or not.