The popular social video-platform Twitch announced a brand-new look and feature set for its popular mobile app this week. The new design hopes to improve discovery, accessibility, and functionality for its millions of users.
The Twitch App will soon include the most requested features by both content creators and viewers, including the ability to begin live broadcasting directly from a smartphone camera with mobile streaming and the option to use a Dark Mode color scheme, among many other notable updates. The new Twitch App is rolling out today and will be available to everyone in early July. Among the new features are the Navigation Bars, which offer a one-stop shop for features like Live, Pulse, and Browse for easy access to all content. There’s also Pulse, Twitch’s new content recommendation and discovery feed, and Swipe Surfing. This uses Swiping motions to quickly select new videos, return to a previous stream, access playlists, and other frequently used commands. You can also find Instant Playlists, or a collection of content accessible by swiping down on the screen.
As we mentioned earlier Mobile Streaming is finally here, this gives users the ability to stream directly to a broadcaster’s channel from their phone’s camera via the Twitch App with no need to switch between other apps. A Language Ranking section of featured streams most popular among users of a specific region or language will also be available after the update. The Dark Mode that we mentioned earlier is an inverted color scheme, that will make using the app in dark areas a little easier on the eyes. Notifications are also getting a twerk, users will now have the same notification center on their mobile devices as they do on the web.
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“Twitch has a vibrant community on mobile, with more than 83MM installs of our app,” said Tom Robertson, Senior Director of Product Management at Twitch. “With this redesign we’re ensuring that our amazing creators – who are the reason this community exists – are more discoverable than ever, both to their existing fans and those who have yet to find them. It also makes navigating the app more fun and intuitive, with all the best stuff available with a single tap or simple swipe. Not only will our creators reach a new audience through the app itself, the launch of Mobile Streaming gives them the opportunity to offer new content to their fans. We can’t wait to see what they create.”