The gamer’s app from Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Youtube Gaming, launched with its 1.3 version a live stream mobile gameplay option, which allows users to record and share with their subscribers their favorites moments while playing.
Using Mobile Capture, the app-enabled the streaming option simplifying the sharing among gamers. Users now can do it directly from Android devices without needing other tools, it just uses the front camera and the microphone from the smartphone.
The live streaming feature can be accessed by a drop-down menu under the user’s profile in the top right corner of the redesigned app. It offers the option of streaming content as the user makes it, or record it for later review. The recording will show the gamer’s face in a small window on the screen as he or she uses any of the apps, as reported by CNET.
Another new feature is the option of popping out the video currently reproducing so it floats on top of the screen without interfering the watching process while the user can do other things like responding a text message without having to stop the video.
In addition to the brand-new options that Youtube Gaming offers, which are not yet available for iOS software, the company also announced that it will be “inviting more players to the game” as the mobile app reaches new gamers in places besides the U.S and U.K.
“The YouTube Gaming mobile app will be available on iOS and Android in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, homes to top gaming creators like Jacksepticeye, Vanoss, and TypicalGamer,” said the company in a statement. “Many more countries are coming soon, so get ready.”
YouTube Gaming vs Twitch
Google introduced its platform to the market last year, which competes directly with Amazon’s live streaming platform, Twitch. The Google’s launched platform included the worldwide website among mobile apps for Android and iOS in the U.S. and U.K.
Gamers who watch videos in YouTube outnumber gamers who watch YouTube on Twitch by more than 2:1, according to NewZoo analytics. They also noted that YouTube is a video-on-demand platform while Twitch is a primarily live one.
With this new features and a wider audience, YouTube Gaming, which said that has over 144 billion minutes of gaming content uploaded every month, aims to increase their audience in the live category and increase their presence in that specific market.