Meerkat for Android is now available in beta form at the Android play store, beating its larger rival Periscope in becoming available on the world's most widely used mobile operating system.
Meerkat and Periscope are both mobile apps that let anyone livestream anytime, from anywhere. Both apps gather their audience for these events through Twitter. The big difference is, Twitter also owns Periscope.
Meerkat received between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads in its first day on Play Store, which is the lowest range from Google for apps that crossed the six-figure mark, according to The Verge. The app currently has a 2.5-star average rating among its 1,200 reviews.
On the other hand, CEO Dick Costolo said on Twitter's recent earnings call that 1 million people had signed up for Periscope in the first 10 days after the app's launch.
PC World reported that Meerkat's Android interface is almost similar to its iOS counterpart, as users need to log in with Twitter. The app then displays an assortment of friends and other trending users who are live-broadcasting themselves.
Meerkat and Periscope still have a long way to go before they reach the top spots among streaming apps. Meerkat has managed to position itself among the top 20 social apps, and is currently in the top 200, while Periscope has been able to keep its spot in the top 20 social apps and the top 200 overall.