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Vine video-sharing app lands on Android after hitting 13m iOS downloads

Android users can finally get their hands on one of the most talked-about apps to release on iOS this year — Twitter's video-sharing service, Vine.

Four months after the app first landed on iOS, Twitter has opted to release Vine for Android. Those with a device running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can now download Vine from Google Play.

The app lets you create six-second clips which loop over and over unless you tap on them, creating a very GIF-like experience. Since launching for iOS in late January, more than 13 million people have downloaded Vine, according to Twitter. Now Android users can get in on the video-sharing fun.

"Starting today, [Android users] can begin to shoot, share and watch short looping videos," Twitter Android engineer Sara Haider wrote in a blog post. "We've been looking forward to this day, and we're excited to get the app into your hands."

The Android version boasts some of the same features as its iOS counterpart, including the Explore section, where you can discover popular and trending posts and Find Friends, which lets you follow other Vine users you know. Twitter said it has added one feature that's unique to Android — zoom.

"Of course, this is only the beginning — we have exciting plans for features that could exist only on Android," Haider wrote.

However, there are a few key iOS features not yet supported on Vine for Android, including @mentions and hashtags. You also won't be able to shoot video with the front-facing camera, search for people and tags, or share Vine posts to Facebook. Twitter said it is working on these features, and will release "frequent updates" over the coming weeks.

Reports of an Android version of Vine first emerged in February when Vine published a job posting for a lead Android engineer who would be responsible for "lead development of the first version of Vine for Android."