Periscope finally adds landscape videos to its app


Twitter-owned Periscope has finally seen the light. The latest version of its Android and iOS now supports the capture and viewing of landscape oriented video.

“When we first launched Periscope, we only supported portrait broadcasting. As much as we’re fans of portrait video, we know that there are times where the scene you’re trying to capture is best expressed in landscape,” says the company in a Medium post. “We know the community has been craving this feature — we wanted to be thoughtful about our approach to ensure a seamless experience across all of our platforms (iOS, Android and Web).”

This means that for people that use Periscope to watch livestreams, they can hold their phone in either portrait or landscape orientation and the app will properly orient the video regardless of the way it was shot.

Periscope Landscape

A couple of other notable iOS and Android specific additions are included in this update, as well.

On both platforms, there’s now an indicator that tells the user who shared a broadcast with them.

Moreover, while note listing specifics, Periscope says that its app now takes advantage of the many of accessibility options present in iOS. It also mentions that additional accessibility features are on their way.

On Android, the company has made it easier to start a private broadcast. Using the new “mutual follow” feature, users can select to broadcast their stream to only people that follow them and that they themselves follow back.

Periscope is available on the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. Periscope livestreams can also be viewed from the company’s website.