Periscope, the popular live video streaming app and Meerkat competitor developed by Twitter, has just received an update that brings several major enhancements. These include improvements to the app’s map, new playback controls in replays, and new features for the new iPhones.
Improved global map
In June, Periscope gained a global map interface that allowed users to filter streams by location. But the map showed only live broadcasts (i.e., replays of streams are excluded) and up to 250 broadcasts only.
Now, though, the global map has been revamped so that broadcasts, including replays, from the last 24 hours are shown when you zoom into a new location. More broadcasts are revealed when you zoom further into an area.
Note that on the map live broadcasts are indicated with red dots, while replays are indicated with blue dots.
Skip in replays
The new version of Periscope also introduces the ability to skip forward or backward in replays. This lets you quickly jump ahead to a portion of a broadcast you’re most keen on watching or go back to a moment you want to watch again.
To skip while watching a replay, just hold down on the screen and drag left or right. You can also drag up or down to adjust the seek speed.
3D Touch support
Periscope has also been updated to be compatible with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. As a result, when you press down on the Periscope app icon on either handset, you’ll have access to a special menu allowing you to quickly: start a public broadcast, start a private broadcast that can be seen only by the people you follow who also follow you, “teleport” by watching a live broadcast from a random place in the world, or search for broadcasters.
In addition to the aforementioned new features, the latest update to Periscope introduces a new Trending section in the People tab featuring recently popular broadcasters, causes thumbnails for live broadcasts to change periodically, and fixes a bug involving screenshot sharing on Twitter.
Designed for iPhone and iPod touch, Periscope is available on the App Store for free.
Periscope received its previous major update in September, thereby gaining support for landscape orientation in broadcasts, among other improvements.