Vine for iPhone gets new major features, Android users will have to wait

Vine, the popular Twitter-owned video-sharing service, just released an update for its iPhone app, which is designed to increase user engagement and provide beefed up sharing options.

"This is our biggest, most exciting update yet -- and we've got even more coming soon", says Vine cofounder and CTO Colin Kroll. The iPhone app now offers access to 15 channels, including Arts & Experimental, Cats, Comedy, Dogs, Family and others, which users can browse and post to straight from Explore. Each channel comes with a custom theme and Popular feed.

Similar to Twitter, the latest Vine for iPhone update now allows users to protect and revine (share) posts. The former feature limits the exposure only to approved followers while the latter makes them visible to all.

Vine for iPhone also allows users to discover "new people who are starting to capture the attention and interest of the Vine community" and take advantage of an improved camera interface which now features new tools, like ghost, grid and focus.

Kroll says that the new features currently available in the iPhone app will also make their way onto the Android counterpart, starting with support for protected accounts which arrived in the latest update that was released late-yesterday. Other ones will follow "next week".

Vine is available to download from Apple App Store.

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