Meerkat’s video streaming app arrives on Android

Meerkat is here. Photo: Meerkat

Meerkat is here. Photo: Meerkat

Meerkat, the video streaming app that has made quite a name for itself on iOS, is now officially available on Android. It’s still in beta for now, but anyone can download it via Google Play and begin broadcasting to their Twitter followers.

Meerkat quickly became one of the hottest apps on iOS after making its debut back in March following an appearance at South by Southwest. It allows users to broadcast live video streams and tweet the link out to their followers, as well as tune into others’ Meerkat streams.

Twitter quickly launched a similar service of its own called Periscope after Meerkat took off, but not before Meerkat had secured $12 million in funding. Now the app has a chance to make some ground on Android before Periscope arrives in Google Play to crash its party… again.

Meerkat’s┬árelease follows a closed beta period that required users to sign up to gain access to the Meerkat app. Now it’s available to all for free via the link below, but note it is still carrying its beta tag, so users may run into a few issues here and there.