Periscope, a live streaming app by Twitter that has been on iOS for a couple of months now, is finally available for Android, and brings with it a few features that are exclusive to the platform. Let’s take a look.

For starters, there are more powerful notification controls that aren’t found in the iOS version, which due of course to the more open and customizable nature of Android. There’s also a new “Return To Broadcast” feature that helps viewers get back to the stream they were watching if they were interrupted by a phone call or text.

The new notification settings include the ability to opt into or out of alerts when a user you follow goes live, when they share a broadcast, or if you’re on Periscope and you get a new follower. These alert settings are global throughout the system, instead of on a per-individual basis. As an example, if you turn off alerts for users who go live, you also won’t get alerted if they start broadcasting.

In Return To Broadcasts, you get a notification on your home screen when you’re interrupted in the middle of watching a feed. When a user is finished with whatever interrupted them, they tap on the alert and Periscope loads the feed they were previously watching.

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The app development team for the Android version was led by former Secret and Twitter Android leader Sara Haider. After the shutdown of Secret, Sara returned to Twitter in March and immediately began working on the Periscope Android app. Some issues the team had to deal with include the ever present Android fragmentation problem Haider said, “It’s been jam packed last couple of months. I dealt with a lot of those challenges on Vine, so I’m not a stranger to them.”

Periscope for Android works with KitKat 4.4 and later, and this choice made development “significantly easier”. The app also includes Material Design elements, such as a dedicated broadcast button instead of a tab like in the iOS version. The two apps are very similar so users won’t deal with too many differences, although Haider said, “we also have the opportunity to do some experiments on both platforms.”

Of course, Periscope hasn’t been without its controversy, as viewers of the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match have seen. Although live streaming was banned at the event, it was nonetheless available on Periscope for those who wanted to escape the $100 pay-per-view fee.  No one exactly knows how many thousands of people watched the stream, but the platform is sure to shake up the traditional broadcasting industry a bit.

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