YouTube Building Dedicated Live Streaming App called Connect

March 26, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

YouTube is the king when it comes to video hosting. But they lose out to rivals by a short margin in some of the individual platforms. Live video sharing is one among those, and they are now bringing up measures to push themselves up to the top on that front.

According to a report from VentureBeat, Google-owned YouTube is now working upon a new dedicated app to facilitate live streams for its users to take on popular live-streaming services like Meerkat, Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope.

The app, which is called YouTube Connect, is being planned to be launched on both Android and iOS platforms. Videos broadcasted via the app won’t remain app-exclusive, and will be made available for users to be viewed from the YouTube website.

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Some of the features reported to be present in the app do resemble the likes of those you get in Periscope. There will be a News Feed section through which you can get connected to the live streams hosted by your friends or subscribed accounts. Instant live stream is likely to be facilitated through which users will be able to quickly start a stream by entering the app.

There will be also options for chat and tag features in YouTube Connect. Users will require a YouTube account or Google account to get logged in to the smartphone live stream feature from YouTube.  Videos can also be saved once the stream ends so as to view them later.

Google’s live-stream efforts in the app format have already been available to users in the form of Creator Studio. However the shortage of access to Creator Studio bars it from being the top names in live streaming. Recently, they had also launched the YouTube Gaming app, which was however dedicated for streams related to the gaming world.

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