Periscope, which is Twitter's live streaming platform, has gotten a pretty big update today. One of the big features that is making its way in this update is Highlights. According to the company it will "automatically generate a short trailer for every Periscope broadcast." This is useful if you find a Periscope broadcast that you may want to watch. These Highlights will help you decide if you do end up watching it or skipping it altogether. This can be particularly helpful for those broadcasts that are much longer than just a few minutes.
Another feature being added in this update, isn't actually for the Android app. Periscope is allowing users to watch broadcasts in embedded Tweets. This is a feature that Periscope has had for a while on Twitter, where you can play broadcasts from Tweets on their site and in some apps. But now it applies to embedded Tweets you'd see on other sites. This is a big deal because it allows Periscope to become another tool for news. Seeing as users are able to live stream things that are happening, and media outlets can simply embed the Tweet with the Periscope broadcast included.
Finally, Autoplay is coming to the Android app. What this means is that when you open the app, and swipe over to the "Live" section of the app, the broadcasts will begin to autoplay – but it will be muted – so you can see what's going on, before jumping into the broadcast. Helping you decide if you want to watch that live broadcast or not. This should also help users discover other streams to watch on Periscope.
According to Periscope's announcement, Highlights will be available in the next few days on both Android and iOS. While Autoplay will come to Android first, with iOS following a bit later. That's a bit of a surprise given the fact that iOS typically gets updates first. This is a great update from Periscope, which should help get more people interested in Periscope as well as helping their current users discover more content to consume on Periscope. A problem that both Periscope and Twitter have been facing recently.