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Vine updates now available on Android

The series of updates recently released by video sharing application Vine for iOS are now available for Android users, plus a few new bonus functions.

The biggest cross-platform developments (opens in new tab) are an improved camera and the introduction of 15 channels including comedy, music and nature, each with their own feed.

A new 'revining' function allows users to repost each others' videos. There is also now a mute function. Private posts have been introduced, which allows users to control who can see their videos.

Functions unique to Android are a homescreen widget that allows users to navigate straight to the camera, without going via the Vine social feed.

Zooming is now possible, if the device's inbuilt camera has the ability. The Android version also has an improved offline browsing mode.

According to Vine's Android Engineer, Sara Haider, these will be just the first of a series of uniquely Android developments.

"We've been looking forward to this day, and we're excited to get the app into your hands," she said. This is only the beginning – we have exciting plans for features that could exist only on Android."

Vine has over 13 million users, the Android version was first launched on 3 June but has been available on iPhone since the beginning of 2013.

It is yet unclear whether the launch and new updates have come too late to win the Android battle with Instagram, which introduced a rival video function last month: The Google Play store currently ranks Instagram as the twelfth most popular free app, whilst Vine is lagging behind at 110.

On the Apple App Store, Instagram is also currently the twelfth most popular free app. Vine is sitting at number eighteen.

Tomas is co-founder of Lucky Pilgrim, a team of journalists, photographers and art directors who connect brands to audiences through words, imagery and design. He was formerly editorial director at Chapel and managing editor at Courier magazine, and was a writer for ITProPortal as well as The Independent, EastLondonLines, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Croon.