It turns out that some parts of Vine may live on after all.
More than a month after announcing the app would eventually be shut down, Twitter now says it will keep a version of its app alive after the planned shutdown.
Though it won’t be the full service, the plan will keep the central part of Vine — its camera — alive. In January, the current Vine app will “transition” to a “pared-down” app called Vine Camera.
“With this camera app you’ll still be able to make six-second looping videos, and either post them directly to Twitter or save them to your phone,” Vine wrote in a statement.
The app won’t have a feed or other social features but it will allows user to continue to record Vine’s characteristic looping videos.
Until then, Vine is also offering a way for users to download videos previously uploaded to the service via its app or website. The company is also prompting Vine users to follow the same accounts on Twitter as they currently do in Vine.
The news should be a small comfort to fans of the app who were distressed over the news that Twitter would soon shutter the app. Though removing the social features like commenting and likes makes the app a shadow of what it once was, keeping the camera functionality is a nice nod to the creators who championed the app.