Twitter’s Periscope Streaming App Gets Better Maps, 3D Touch Support

With the one-year anniversary of its Periscope acquisition fast approaching, Twitter yesterday announced two major updates for Android users of the mobile live-video app. The new features include a Global Map that lets users view live broadcasts and those that can be replayed from around the world, as well as the ability to easily skip forward or back while watching videos.

iOS users of the app are also gaining some new capabilities. Using the 3D Touch feature rolled out by Apple with iOS 9, iPhone 6 and 6s owners can now access Periscope shortcuts for launching public broadcasts, sharing private broadcasts, people searches and "teleporting" (being taken to a random live broadcast somewhere in the world).

Twitter acquired two startups -- Periscope and Niche -- during the first quarter of 2015, paying a total of $86.6 million for the companies. Periscope did not officially launch until March, and reported in August that it had passed 10 million user accounts. Since the acquisition, Twitter has used the app to live-stream its quarterly earnings calls.

'Showing the World in Real Time'

"We've always thought that Periscope has the potential of showing you the world in real time," the Periscope team said in a blog post on the Medium Web site. However, the Global Map first made available in June showed locations only for live broadcasts around the world, and was limited to 250 videos.

"At any given point there are thousands of broadcasts live on Periscope and orders of magnitude more replays, so the map was only showing the tip of the iceberg," the Medium post stated. "The new map launching today has some major improvements."

For example, the update now shows different icons depending on the type of broadcast: red for live, blue for replays from the past 24 hours. A user...

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