Vine lives, according to co-creator Dom Hofmann. The entrepreneur, whos been working on and off on a spiritual successor to the now-defunct short-form video app, says the proper sequel will be called Byte, and its coming in spring 2019. Twitter initially purchased Vine in 2012, before its official launch, and shut it down roughly four years later. Despite its short-lived existence, Vine became a hugely popular platform for video creators, many of whom have since moved on to Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube. In Vines place, TikTok, from a Chinese company coincidentally known as ByteDance, has risen to inherit the short-form video torch, albeit with a lot of cringe-worthy lip-sync content. Now, Hofmann, one of the co-creators of Vine, is reviving it as Byte. Theres even a snazzy logo to go with it: our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Not much else is known about how Byte will work, but Hofmann says it is officially the project formerly known as v2, which had a publicized and transparent development process with dedicated fan forums for around six months starting last November. Hofmann postponed v2 indefinitely in May of this year, citing funding and logistic issues, as well as his day job running an immersive entertainment studio called Innerspace VR. Hofmann kept the forums open to keep discussion going, and it seems like hes now squared away some type of funding to get v2 off the ground as Byte. Well likely hear more soon, but its just a relief to hear its actually happening and that the six-second videos that shaped modern internet culture could be coming back in a big way.
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann tweeted the news today. Last year, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a revival of the popular app, tweeting a logo that simply said "V2." However, excitement and hopes of a return were dashed in May when Hofmann said the project was postponed indefinitely, citing high costs as an issue. But Hofmann has now revealed that Vine's successor will now be called Byte and it should be launching sometime in spring 2019. our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Back in May, Hofmann apologized for the delay, saying he wanted to make sure that Vine 2.0 was developed in the right way. "I'm very, very sorry for the disappointment," he said at the time, "If it's any consolation, I think it would have been even more disappointing if this service had been developed and released incorrectly, which is where we were headed. I'd like for us to get it right." Byte now has Twitter and Instagram accounts (both @byte_app) as well as a website that presents the service as a "new looping video app by the creator of Vine." Hofmann also confirmed that Byte was what was previously teased as V2. He didn't share exactly when Byte would launch, but you can sign up for updates on the website.