New Twitch for Android lets you watch all the streams from all the places

A pop-out player lets you continue watching streams on your Android phone, even as you switch from app to app.

Twitch at E3 2013
Credit: Tarcil Tarcil

It’s an all-too-common dilemma in today’s modern world: What do you do when you’re watching a livestream on your phone but need to switch to a different app? Twitch thinks it has a solution by borrowing an idea from TV—picture-in-picture.

The latest update to Twitch for Android features a new “Pop-Out Player” that lets you keep tabs on your livestreams while browsing the web, checking email, texting your friends, or otherwise go about your business on your phone. As you work, your Twitch livestream will continue to play in a small window in the corner of your phone’s screen.

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The Pop-Out Player in Twitch for Android.

You can switch to the Pop-Out Player—or switch back to the regular in-app player—at any time with the press of a button, and resize the Pop-Out Player as you see fit. 

The Pop-Out Player appears to be exclusive to the Android version of the Twitch app, at least for the time being. If you have the Twitch app on your phone and have automatic updates turned on, you may already have the newest version. If not, you can download the latest version for free from Google Play.

[Top photo: Tarcil Tarcil/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)]

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