Twitch Adds YouTube-Like Persistent Player
Twitch has a long way to go before it can even think about catching up to YouTube. However, Twitch has created its own identity and has become a go-to place for gamers to watch their favorite gaming broadcasts. Now, as the battle of streaming goes on, Twitch has taken a trick out of its rival’s playbook.
As you know, YouTube app on iOS and Android features a persistent player. Meaning you can browse through different videos without closing your current playback. The video you are watching turns into a nice little mini-window at the below-right corner of the screen.
Meanwhile, the same feature wasn’t available on the Twitch app for mobile devices. But that has now changed. If you use Twitch app on your device, you will notice a new update.
The update will add persistent player so you can watch your favorite broadcast while browsing and searching for different streams.
The news was announced in a post on the official blog:
Ever wish you could do two things at once? Like eat a pizza and nap or, browse our app and continue watching your current broadcast?
Well thanks to our devs, that last wish has come true. Our latest update for iOS and Android* introduces a persistent player. This lets you simultaneously watch video and browse for other content. If you want to remove the persistent player from your view, swipe it away.
If you are an Android user like me, you’ll be happy to know that we are getting a bit extra in this update. The post further revealed an Audio Only Mode for Android. This will allow you to listen to the broadcast if your phone is locked or if Twitch is running in the background.
This mode can be activated via the Video Options icon at any given time. Users should note, that they’ll need to have Android 4.3 or above to benefit from persistent player.
You can know more about the latest update by following the link given above.