At Stephan Elop's keynote of the new Lumia 1020 launch in New York today, Nokia's CEO also announced the upcoming launch for Vine for Windows Phone. While there's yet no official word from Vine, Twitter (which Vine belongs to) told The Verge "We can confirm that Vine will be coming to Windows Phone". That's indeed fantastic news for all 6 seconds video producers out there. If you haven't used Vine so far, it's a kind of social media network like Instagram but for videos, and belongs to Twitter. Initially launched for iOS, Android support was added early last month. Vine describes itself as "the best way to see and share life in motion by creating short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way".
Vine features unlimited free uploads, allows to instantly post videos on Vine which can be then shared to Twitter and Facebook as well as allows to find, follow and interact with people close to you. It has even added trending posts, featured hashtags and editor's picks.
Neither Vine nor Twitter has given a release date but it wouldn't make me wonder if Vine for Windows Phone would be available right in time of the North American availability of the Nokia Lumia 1020 later this month.
It's quite interesting that a Twitter service like Vine will finally come to Windows Phone while Facebook's Instagram is yet not on the horizon and this after Microsoft has a stake in Facebook. Especially with the launch of such a photo-centric smartphone like the Lumia 1020 I would have expected that Instagram would also finally support Windows Phone, even if Instagram filtered photos don't take too much benefit from the 1020's 5 megapixel PureView camera. But nevertheless, both are about photography and would benefit from each other. Now it's Twitter and Vine which will benefit.
Cheers ~ Arne