You can now do a live broadcast of your gaming conquests right from an Android device.
Version 1.1 of YouTube Gaming brings this feature and some other new tricks. For example, you can stream more than games: the feature also works with other apps. While you’re unlikely to stream how you use Gmail, it will have a lot of use for developers or those who want to give a tutorial to friends or family members.
I tried out a quick screencasting session with Leo’s Fortune (I’m obviously terrible), and here’s how it turned out. The main quirk was where to place my thumb so it didn’t block the selfie cam.
The setup is pretty easy. From the YouTube Gaming app, touch your profile icon (I still think that’s a little weird) and then select Go live.
You don’t actually have to livestream your game. The next option is to select whether you want to broadcast or record the video for YouTube. Next you’ll be able to choose the game. Scroll to the bottom to select all apps if you want to see what other apps will work with the recording feature.
A couple of other tools were included in the update. You’re now able to add gaming videos to your YouTube watch later list and import channel subscriptions into YouTube Gaming.
Why this matters: Despite some detractors, game streaming is exploding in popularity. The easier that Google can make livestreaming on Android, the more appealing the platform will be for hardcore gamers. Google’s next challenge is to encourage more developers to bring their games to Android. Many still launch first on iOS, or skip Android altogether.