The Twitter-owned live-streaming app Periscope today updated its app with a much-requested feature that will let users broadcast and view live streams in landscape mode. The move comes a day after the Periscope app was seen on stage during the "Hey Siri" event as an upcoming app for the brand new Apple TV.
Today's update also introduced Facebook connectivity, allowing users to post the link to a current live broadcast, or the replay video of one that's over, to their Facebook wall from directly within Periscope. The team has also tweaked the app's social features and added in some accessibility modes, as well.
What's New in Version 1.2
- Landscape: When a broadcaster holds their phone in landscape, the video will now be oriented properly for all viewers. Viewers can continue holding their device in portrait, or match the broadcaster's orientation to maintain full screen video. Either way, you'll never need to watch sideways video again!
- Share Indication: When someone you follow shares a broadcast, it appears in your home feed. In this update, we've added an indicator beneath the broadcast title explaining who shared it with you.
- Share on Facebook: You can now share the link to a LIVE broadcast or replay on Facebook. To see this option, you'll need to log in to Facebook from the iOS Settings app on your device.
- Accessibility: We've heard from a lot of people that Periscope needs to be more accessible. In this version we've made large steps toward fully supporting our VoiceOver users.
Although there's been no talk of the Apple TV app yet, that version of Periscope will no doubt allow users to view current live-streams and watch older re-plays with UI tweaks for the bigger-screened experience. Periscope can be downloaded for free from the App Store [Direct Link].