YouTube Gaming Expands to New Markets, Improves Mobile Browsing and Watching Experience – TechCrunch

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YouTube Gaming, the video network’s dedicated application for streaming and recording game videos, and competitor to Amazon-owned Twitch, this morning announcement an expansion into several other markets and a host of new features aimed at providing an improved browsing and viewing experience in its application. One of the changes will see the network more strongly promote its “Live” game streams, which follow the October launch of Mobile Capture – a feature that allows gamers to stream directly from their Android devices.

In addition, Google says its live streaming player on Android will also receive an upgrade to support quality switching, 60fps playback, and DVR mode. These features were previously available on iOS and the HTML5 desktop player.

Other improvements, which Google said were based on user feedback, include streamlined homepage navigation that removes sidebars and added pages that make it easier to navigate and manage your own games and channels. .

On Android, users can also pop up the YouTube Gaming player to keep it visible above other apps on your device. It’s a handy feature for mobile multitasking – like those who want to play and watch at the same time.

Since the launch of YouTube Gaming last summer, Google has been rolling out new features and functionality on a regular basis to improve rival Twitch and integrate it more deeply with other platforms and services owned by Google, like Android and even Google Cardboard, low-cost corporate VR. viewer. And of course, YouTube Gaming benefits from being part of the larger YouTube platform, where it can take advantage of other YouTube features, like the ability to flag videos to “Watch Later”, for example.

As part of today’s announcement, YouTube also said that the YouTube Gaming mobile app for iOS and Android is coming to several new markets outside of the United States, including Canada, Australia, New -Zeeland and Ireland. These markets are home to a number of game makers like jacksepticeye, Vanoss, and Typical player, notes the company. Other countries are on the way “soon,” YouTube says.


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