Vine creator’s new video app Byte opens to beta testers

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by Josh Hall

Byte, the new short-form video app from Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, has opened itself up to its first wave of beta testers.

Invites have been sent to 100 users, and more are expected to be added soon.

As Digital Trends reports, test users will be asked to upload and view short-form video content on the platform, and give technical and design feedback to help developers progress.

Byte, which has been long trailed as a successor to the cult video looping favourite, has had a rocky development journey. In June Hofmann announced that the app had been placed on hold for “an indefinite amount of time” because of mounting legal and development costs.

In that period a number of new products have attempted to fill the void left by Vine. Most notable amongst these is TikTok, the Chinese app that has been gaining substantial traction in recent months.

The original incarnation of Vine was acquired by Twitter in 2012, in advance of its launch. But despite substantial reported user numbers and a dedicated fanbase, Twitter ended its support for the app in 2016 and it was shuttered completely the following year.

In addition to Byte, Hofmann is responsible for mobile-based social network Peach. The app was launched at the CES conference in Las Vegas in January 2016.