Vessel Launches Beta App for Android

YouTube Competitor Expands Reach
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Vessel, the YouTube competitor co-founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, is aiming to reach a larger audience with this week’s launch of a an app for Android tablets and smartphones.

The app, still in beta form and available here on Google Play, complements Vessel’s support for iOS devices and Web browsers.

Following a brief invitation-only beta trial, Vessel’s servicelaunched commercially on March 24.  As detailed by Vessel in December, the service's “early access” subscription product provides temporary exclusives to short-form videos for $2.99 per month.  After that limited exclusivity window, typically 72 hours, Vessel’s content partners are free to make their videos available via YouTube, their own Web sites, or any other online distributor.

Vessel has raised more than $134 million, including funds coming way of a recent $57.5 million “B” round led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), with help from earlier investors Greylock, Benchmark and Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos’s personal investment company.

“We’ve received a lot of thoughtful feedback and feature requests since we introduced Vessel earlier this year. The number one request, hands down, has been for a Vessel app for Android,” Richard Tom, Vessel’s CTO and co-founder, noted on the company’s blog.

Vessel has not announced user or subscriber figures.