No Vine, no problem. Nokia last week announced that an official Vine application is in the works for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. Now, though, in the interim, users will be able to access Twitter’s video sharing service (unofficially) via third-party app 6sec.
The application, which launched on Sunday, offers Windows Phone 8 users access to the entire Vine experience with the addition of Live Tile support and the ability to access the service directly from the phone’s built-in camera app. 6Sec includes a few unique features as well, such as the option to show a grid while filming and the ability to set a focal point while shooting videos.
Twitter’s Vine application allows users to create and share 6 second videos. The application debuted on iOS devices back in January, later making its way onto Android in June. The video app started off with a bang, recording more than 2.5 million video shares on June 19, according to a Marketing Land analysis.
However, Vine has seen a steep decline in its user activity since Facebook entered the fray with its Instagram Video app, which released to both iOS and Android on June 20. From June 19 to June 20, Vine recorded a 40 percent decline in user activity, according to the same Marketing Land report.
With Facebook eroding Vine’s potential user base across iOS and Android, the addition of 6Sec. on Windows Phone 8 could prove a serious issue for Twitter’s video service. Windows Phone 8 was a chance for Vine to gain some ground in an untapped market, but will Twitter be able to coerce users over to Vine once they’ve settled on 6Sec?
The 6Sec app is currently available for download free of charge in the Windows Phone app store. The free version of the application limits users to two video uploads a day. Users can unlock unlimited downloads with a one time in app purchase of $1.49. All additional features are available in the free version of the app.