Vine was the first one to come up with the concept of short videos. It proved that it could become a great trend and inspire creativity like never before. However, it had a rigid six-second format. Instagram soon followed up on Vine’s footsteps and relaxed the time frame. Later, TikTok purchased Vine and did the same. Soon after this acquisition, Vine disappeared from sight. Dom Hofmann, the co-founder of Vine, still believes in his creation and the format. He has been working on a successor for quite some time now. Byte, Vine’s successor, has now been officially released. Over the last few months, the app underwent an extensive beta phase, following which, it is now released on Play Store in a stable condition.
Byte works in pretty much the same way as Vine did, in a manner of speaking. If you are using an Android device, you will need to have a Google account to sign in. Once you are done, you can choose a user name. You are all ready to take your first step into the latest social network out there. You will notice immediately title after title of a vertical-scrolling stream of videos playing in loops. These videos feature comments and likes as well. These are usually full-screen and are six-second videos.
Byte has a bar at the bottom where you can search for categories, creators, and specific terms. In addition to this, it also offers you a shortcut to the camera, your activity page, and your profile. The camera is not yet up to the mark, but maybe after a few updates, it could catch up to the others in the market. All you can do with the camera is to hold the shutter button to start recording.
You can do so multiple times within the six seconds of your time limit. Users can also choose the option to overlay a ghosting effect. In addition to a front camera switcher, there are no filters or stickers to be seen on the app. Maybe the developer wanted Byte to be something different or maybe they plan to bring it in an update, or maybe that’s just how the app is designed to be. Something different, for sure!
Byte in the Play Store
Byte’s developers recently tweeted, “dear friends, today we’re bringing back 6-second looping videos and a new community for people who love them. it’s called byte and it’s both familiar and new. we hope it’ll resonate with people who feel something’s been missing.”
The app is ad-free at the moment. However, chances are that there would be some monetization in the future considering that the developer has plans for a pilot version of a partner program. This is designed so that the most popular Byte members will be able to earn money here. With similar apps like TikTok and Instagram already quite popular, Byte will have a huge job in making progress. However, with TikTok under investigation by the US government, Byte could have come in at just the perfect time.