The wireless mobile device is one of the biggest tools for bloggers. We depend on them to help us stay connected and engaged. Over the last several years, a slew of apps (I call them tools) have become available which has been beyond beneficial to the blogging community. When a potential tool becomes available, we have to evaluate them to see how they can support our digital publishing goals. However, software companies just don’t do an “all platforms” launch for many of their mobile device apps. Most everything is launched on the Apple’s iOS platform first, then launched later on Android.
I am on team Android! The coveted iPhone was not available on my wireless carrier when I upgraded last year. I love my Android, but for once, I wish I didn’t have to wait to test and enjoy some of the many tools that come available on the mobile device app market. This morning when I found out that Vine, the much talked about and hyped app, was finally available for the Android platform I logged into the Play store, found the app, attempted to download it and got this:
My Samsung Galaxy 2 is using Android version 2.3.6 (gingerbread). Vine runs on Google 4.0 (ice-cream sandwich) and higher. According to Google’s website, the most current version of Android is 4.2 (jellybean). 4.0 is also not available by “over-the-air” update. It has to be fed to my mobile device through a USB cable that is tethered to another device.
Before I go through the hassle of updating my software, I wanted to make sure (and I am sure my fellow Android gingerbread users are wondering the same too) if Vine is really worth the hype.
Is it worth the hype?
A quick search on google returned the following articles:
- Six reasons why Vine is worth your time
- Twitter’s Vine is An Absolute Winner
- Vine – Does it Deserve the Hype? This writer at least points out the very important fact about data storage and battery drain issues.
I concur with the girl from the last article. I guess it’s at least worth checking out because one of the unintended consequences of being a digital publisher is that we become tech heads. We don’t have a choice. In order to stay relevant and competitive in the swift, ever changing world of digital publishing we have to stay on top of everything, including trendy super hyped apps like Vine.
How will it help my fashion blog?
The folks over at IFB, (Independent Fashion Bloggers) published a great post addressing this very question “Eleven Things Fashion Bloggers Can Do With Vine“. These eleven things included:
- Play around with short DIY tutorials
- Show an outfit on a hanger, then on you, and then in motion.
- Use Vine as an invitation for followers to visit your site
- Show off your gift bag swag
- Share your 5 must-have items of clothing
- Create a daily style challenge for your readers with participation through Vine
That bit about “Use Vine as an invitation for followers to visit your site” sounds enticing, but the article also points out that “it’s not going to be very effective as a traffic driver in the way that Pinterest and even Instagram can be.” It could add a little spice to my bone dry, text only, twitter timeline though.
Where and how do I get Android 4.0 software?
Regardless if you decided to download Vine or not, it’s wise to update the operating system on your device. This is how you can update your operating system.
- First, check out this article on Computer World and see if your device is on their list.
- If you are listed, I would suggest that you call your mobile device carrier and ask how you can upgrade to the latest Android version. They will more than likely forward instructions and any required links by email.
- Finally, the manufacturer of your mobile device will more than likely have a link available on their site of how you can upgrade your software. Here is the link for Samsung Galaxy 2 owners.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried Vine? If so, how did you like it?