Short-form video mobile app, Vine, may well be gone but its successor, Byte is here and has begun limited beta testing…
Before its launch, Twitter bought Vine in 2012. Then, it hit mobile devices back in January of 2013. It acquired 200 million users by December 2015.
But, on October 27, 2016, the microblog announced it was disabling uploads. Though it still allowed viewing and downloads, it would never return. So, in December 2017, co-founder Dom Hofmann announced that he had begun working on Vine’s successor.
Vine Video App Replacement, Byte, Starts Closed Beta Test
Now, it’s back, in a different form. Originally known as “V2,” the new short-form video app is now called “Byte.” And, it’s rolling out in a limited beta release to just 100 users.
The new service will allow its users to record or upload short videos which loop. The format is vertical and it currently runs in reverse-chronological feed.
For those who wonder what happened to Vine, Twitter sold it off to TikTok. Therein lies the problem for Byte. It must compete with a wildly popular service.
the byte beta we’ve been running with friends and family *feels* exactly like the vine friends and family beta, down to the weird but appealing randomness of the videos. that’ll change as we expand, but it’s a pretty good sign pic.twitter.com/rBbQrNtTJ7
— dom hofmann (@dhof) April 22, 2019