SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
by Steven Millward (courtesy TechinAsia)
Twitter-made Vine app doesn’t support those Chinese services, and probably never will. So Wanpai is nicely adapted to the local market. And adaptation is survival, as anyone with a basic grasp of anthropology – or logic – must realise.
Not only is Wanpai app (which was spotted by TechCrunch) pretty good, it actually works better for me than Vine. Whereas Vine is buggy on Android and its video recording feature is totally broken on my phone – which is not very good in a, you know, video app – Wanpai works fine on my device. Wanpai is available for both iOS and Android. Here’s my first Wanpai video:
But how similar to Vine is Wanpai? In a word: very. There’s the same curated selection of themed editor’s picks in both, and both have browser-based embeds (another area where Vine is broken for me when using Firefox). The main difference is that Wanpai is considerate of Chinese smartphone users on very limited data plans, and doesn’t auto-play your buddies’ videos as you browse your social stream; instead, Wanpai waits for you to tap a video before playing the six-second loop.
Video-sharing apps have mostly failed in China due to a combination of limited 3G data plans in he country, and a universal lack of incentive to sit through an entire video that will, 99 percent of the time, be disappointingly lame. I’ll admit that I thought they’d be a huge hit in China in 2012, but it didn’t happen. But Vine – I mean Wanpai – might actually make it happen.
Thank you. TiA.