Vine coming to Windows Phone 8

Announced by Nokia alongside its Lumia 1020 smartphone, Vine will also eventually be joined by Path and Flipboard

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service |  

Vine, the trendy Twitter-owned mobile video app, is coming to the Windows Phone 8 operating system about six months after its initial launch on iOS.

Nokia made the announcement on Thursday in the press release for its launch of the Lumia 1020 Windows 8 smartphone, which will be made available in the U.S. later this month.

Vine will be coming soon to the phone, Nokia said, though it didn't reveal the exact timing. Twitter declined to provide additional details, but "we can confirm that Vine will be coming to Windows Phone," a spokeswoman said.

The private social-networking site Path, as well as the Flipboard social news aggregator, will also be coming soon to Windows Phone, Nokia said.

Nokia is positioning its Lumia 1020 phone, which features a 41-megapixel camera sensor and a retroactive zooming function, as a major advancement in the world of mobile photography.

Vine originally launched on iOS devices in late January, intended as a tool for people to record and share six-second, looping videos, in keeping with Twitter's 140-character tweet limit. An Android version of the app rolled out in early June, just weeks before Facebook's Instagram app announced a new video capability.

Vine has been gradually adding new features to the app over the past several months. A Web embed functionality was just introduced Wednesday, and last week the software got some new camera features and an option for users to lock their posts.

Vine got a big-name competitor last month with the launch of video for Instagram. At this point, Instagram does not offer a dedicated app for any type of Windows Phone. "At the moment, we are focused on building the best Instagram experience possible for people using iOS and Android devices," an Instagram spokeswoman said. "Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it and we will consider other platforms over time."

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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