Periscope

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Description of App: 

Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real
time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:
[+] REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments
and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.
[+] PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast.
[+] TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll
tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)
[+] MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow
them if you don’t want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)
[+] HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.2

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

8.4

Accessibility Comments: 

There is a "splash" screen where you have to find a "Skip" button (not sure what you're skipping). You can only find it by swping through a few times until you hear "Skip". On the initial screen where you get follow suggestions, there is no feedback when a person is selected.

Unfortunately, I have also found that the app often crashes when you want to three-finger-swipe left-to-right in order to share the broadcast/etc during live broadcasts. This seems to depend on the number of users viewing a live stream, though this has happened to me when there have been as few as 48 other users viewing the stream.

With all this in mind, I was able to do what I wanted with this app even with the accessibility issues; I was able to stream live, to read comments and to follow people and to view the streams of others. VoiceOver, though, does not automatically focus on comments which appear while you are streaming at the lower left of the screen and it does not read the hearts you receive at all. Comments appear and disappear as they come in, though they can be read if you put your finger there where they appear. It appears that you can also read them if you go the the "chat" window.

NOTE TO IPHONE 5s/6/6 PLUS USERS: Please be aware that some users of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have reported that, when initializing video streams, VoiceOver locks up. (I tested this on the iPhone 5 and it seemed to work fine for me.)

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

I understand that many sighted users of this app have had various issues/bugs when using iPhone 5s/6/6 Plus, so the issues we're experiencing with VoiceOver performance may be in some way related to the larger bugs our sighted peers are experiencing.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@periscopehelp