The founder of Vine just announced the name of his next video app - and it's set to launch in spring 2019
- Vine founder Dom Hofmann revealed Thursday he would be releasing a new looping video app next spring.
- The app will be called Byte.
- Vine was a massively popular video service that Twitter acquired in 2012 and shut down four years later.
Good news, long-suffering Vine fans: A successor to the popular video service is finally on the way.
Dom Hofmann, one of the cofounders of Vine, plans to launch a similar app called Byte next spring. Like Vine, Byte will feature looping videos, Hofmann announced Thursday on Twitter.
Vine was an app that allowed users to create and share six-second-long videos that it looped infinitely. Twitter acquired the app in 2012, and by 2015, it had attracted some 200 million active users.
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After the shutdown, another looping video service has caught on with consumers - TikTok. In September, TikTok was the most downloaded social app in the US.
Despite that, Vine loyalists have been calling for a return of their beloved app ever since Twitter shuttered it.
Hofmann has been listening. He announced last November that he was building a Vine successor. Since then snippets of information about it have trickled out through a forum site, Hofmann's Twitter account, and a TechCrunch report.
our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 pic.twitter.com/C3FMvkcIwc- dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018