The battle for short video supremacy is heating up, and Twitter
has every intention of ensuring its Vine
application stays relevant. Hence the latest update to Vine. Not just any update, mind you, but the "biggest, most exciting" one to date, with "even more coming soon," Colin Kroll, co-founder and CTO of Vine, stated in a blog post.
First and foremost, the updated Vine app introduces a redesigned camera with a new grid, focus, and ghost tools to make shooting videos easier. Once you record a short video, you can then submit posts to (or browse) 15 channels in the Explore screen. Some of these include comedy, music, and nature, each of which has its own theme and Popular feed.
Another new feature is the ability to "revine," or share other people's posts with your followers via a single tap. Alternately, you can now protect your posts, which means that only the people you approve to follow you can see them.
All of the updated features are available now on iOS. Protected posts will come to Android later today, and the rest of the updates will make their way to Google's open source platform sometime next week.