Vimeo is an award-winning online video sharing service with high-quality video content in its rich repository. Although the official iOS client of Vimeo has been available in the iTunes App Store for quite some time now, the Android variant has just been released to the Market. The news is surely going to please users of said service who, up until now, had to resort to unofficial Vimeo apps to access and share videos from their Android devices. The app provides the users with an option-packed dashboard that helps them instantly capture and upload their videos, search and watch all featured Vimeo videos, archive videos that they wish to watch later, keep a close tab on their subscriptions, detailed stats, personal profile and lots more.
A good thing about the Vimeo app is that it does not require you to log in with the service in order to watch local as well as featured online videos. However, in order to access all features such as sharing, subscription and archiving videos for later, you must be logged in with a valid Vimeo account. New users can register for a fresh account from within the app for free.
Once logged in, you’re taken to the app’s homescreen, with options to subscribe to the Vimeo Plus service, access the settings, and manually search for videos at the top.
Below these is the app’s dashboard. The Camera and Camera Roll buttons present on the dashboard make video sharing a breeze. For each video that you wish to upload, you have the option to modify its various details, such as the title, description, privacy settings, tags etc. The app also supports pausing and resuming uploads, and replacing any existing uploaded videos with new ones. That’s not all; the app even lets you download your favorite videos from Vimeo. Downloaded videos are listed under the Camera Roll button along with your local videos.
The Featured button, as implied by its name, lists all the featured videos on Vimeo under numerous category-based channels. All you need to do is look out for the channel of interest, and begin exploring all the videos listed under it. Apart from watching and sharing each video, you can check out its various details (description, user comments, likes and credits). The Like and Later buttons at the top-right of the video screen let you easily add the video to favorites and the Watch Later list respectively.
The official Vimeo app for Android will not only help the service fetch a much wider fan-following, but also in competing with its other video hosting services such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Blip.tv and Veoh.
Vimeo is available in the Android Market free of cost and requires Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher to run.