Meerkat for Android beta pops up in Play Store

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Meerkat for Android is now available in beta from the Play Store. Now, even more lucky users can experience this new level of self-aggrandizement. 

The live-streaming video app has been a hit on iOS, but it faces an uncertain future with competition from Twitter's Periscope. Periscope has yet to come to Android, though. 

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Meerkat for Android connects to your Twitter account to serve up a list of who is streaming live video.

The interface is pretty identical to that of its iOS counterpart, requiring you to log in with Twitter and then displaying an assortment of friends and other trending users who are live-broadcasting themselves.

The story behind the story: Meerkat was a breakout hit at SXSW. However, its biggest challenge is that its prime competitor comes from the platform it relies upon: Twitter. Today's hit viral app can be tomorrow's goner, as evidenced by the recent shutdown of Secret. This makes getting a larger user base on Android, and finding a way to make money, all the more critical for Meerkat.

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