In what is most likely a response to Instagram’s recently-announced video features, Vine has added some hefty new features to its iOS app, including channels, new camera tools, as well as a “revining” feature that lets you share Vines on your own profile, similar to how retweets work.
Vine has added channels (or categories) to the Explore section in the app, as well as categories that feature popular Vines and Vines that are “on the rise.” There are 15 channels total, and include categories like entertainment, comedy, food & drink, sports, and even cat and dog categories, because those are really popular on the internet apparently.
The app has also been updated with some new camera tools, including a new grid view, as well as a focus button to allow users to select the area of the video to focus on by tapping on the screen. There’s also a ghost button that saves transparent frames from the previous shot. Still no filters, though.
As for revines, Vine is letting users reshare a Vine that they enjoy and have it show up for their friends. They also made it a single-tap process, where if you find a Vine that you find entertaining, all you have to do is tap the revine button and it’ll show up in your feed as a revined Vine. Fancy, eh?
In this update, Vine also added the ability to protect your account from strangers, meaning that only people you approve will be able to follow you and view your posts. Other than that, the app update comes with your usual bugfixes and performance improvements. It seems this update is only good for iOS, so it seems we’ll be waiting a bit for it to show up on Android, but hang tight!