Byte, 6-Second Looping Video App, iOS and Android launches

A new social media app called Byte is now available on iOS and Android, developed by Vine’s co-founder.

Byte aims to be a direct successor to Vine by allowing users to create and share 6-second looping videos, as well as browse content on a user interface that is decidedly minimal. The Explore page (shown below) is a great place to start, if you want to get a feel for Byte before jumping into it.


Byte comes equipped with basic features of social media like a content feed, an Explore tab, and user profiles. What’s lacking is the ability to edit videos with filters and other effects you’d find in apps such as TikTok and Snapchat.

Users can either shoot videos with the app itself, or upload videos from their device directly. This means videos can be edited before being uploaded to Byte using any number of ways using third party apps.

Byte has been in beta testing for only nine months, so at this stage its capabilities are understandably limited. Though an announcement in the Byte community forum says that new features of creation are on the way.

Monetization in the works already

Byte is in the early stages of creating a partner program to get users paid for content creation. This can help draw developers away from more established apps like TikTok where there is currently no way to directly earn money from videos.

“…very soon, we’ll introduce a pilot version of our partner program which we will use to pay creators. byte celebrates creativity and community, and compensating creators is one important way we can support both. stay tuned for more info.”

A goal for Communication with Creators

Another way Byte is trying to differentiate itself from other platforms is by prioritizing communication with creators through its community forum.

You can hear directly from the developers themselves in the announcements forum for all of the latest information on Byte.

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