It had its heyday in 2015-2017 before gradually losing visibility. Today massively neglected, the Periscope application will bow out, but the service will continue to exist on Twitter, its parent company.
Acquired by Twitter in January 2015, Periscope launched its live streaming application in March of the same year before achieving lightning success until 2017. The democratization of live streaming functionalities within more widely adopted services by the general public (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) will nevertheless have won out over the visibility and usefulness of the Periscope application, which has seen its user base gradually erode.
The Twitter subsidiary therefore announced on December 15 that it would withdraw its application from the Google Play Store and the App Store in March 2021 – exactly six years after its launch. The end of an adventure, but not quite the end of a service, as Periscope and most of its features will continue to be operated by Twitter’s mobile app.
Periscope bows out
Two main reasons are cited by the developers of Periscope to justify this deletion: the lack of users and the cost of maintaining the service. “The truth is, the Periscope app is in a [processus] maintenance that is no longer viable. And has been for some time»Explained the Periscope team in a press release shared on his blog a few hours ago. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a drop in usage and we know the cost of supporting the app will only increase over time. Leaving the app in its current state is not good for the current and old Periscope community, nor for Twitter. ».
As specified Android Police, Periscope’s plan of action is gradual. It will be “with the next updates»To suspend the creation of new user accounts, then to purely and simply delete the application from the Android and iOS stores. The group specifies that it will be possible to download the archives of its broadcasts until March. We finally learn that Periscope Studio (which allowed, as a reminder, to broadcast on Twitter and Periscope from a computer via tools like OBS, for example) will be integrated into the Twitter Media Studio service. Access to the latter is nevertheless more restrictive since it is only possible by invitation.