If you’ve never quite gotten over the loss of video-looping app Vine, then listen up. A similar offering from one of its co-founders is coming to smartphones soon.
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann tweeted on Thursday that his new video-looping app will be called Byte and plans go live in the spring of 2019.
Months after Vine was founded in 2012, Twitter stepped in to acquire it for a reported $30 million. Hoffman and his fellow founders must have thought they’d hit the jackpot with the deal — it certainly put a few bucks in their pocket and gave the app a chance to flourish — but five years later Twitter pulled support for the app and it closed down.
Vine’s loyal users were left heartbroken, but then, at the end of 2017, Hofman offered them hope when he revealed he was planning to begin work on a follow-up to Vine. In May, however, he said he was postponing the project indefinitely, and the reason was ‘financial and legal ups and downs’.
With Thursday’s news, it appears as if those hurdles have finally been overcome, with Hofmann and his team prepping Byte for launch in the first half of 2019. Byte’s website describes the upcoming offering as “a new video app by the creator of Vine,” so users are free to expect same features but maybe with a few extra.
our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 pic.twitter.com/C3FMvkcIwc
— dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018
In 2012 when Vine debuted, the creators and audience was initially pushed to get the best from the video app. At the start, much of the content comprised rather tedious six second clips of nothing in particular. But as time passed, a growing number of super-creative minds began to see potential in the platform and started to create some entertaining content that won over huge audiences.
Whether Vine’s most popular creators will return to Byte when it launches next year remains to be seen. But if the app gets off to a good start, it’ll surely attract plenty of fresh talent to help make a success of an app whose original version many feel should never have gone away in the first place.
Looks like Vine comes back from the ashes and we’re wondering about the heir “Byte” since now.