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Twitch’s Redesigned Mobile App Adds Social Features

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Twitch’s Redesigned Mobile App Adds Social Features

Twitch's Facebook-like social feed is coming to the mobile app, along with the ability to broadcast live video directly from your phone's camera.

Game streaming service Twitch began rolling out an overhaul of its mobile app on Wednesday, adding many features that were previously only available on the desktop version of its software.

Among the app's additions is Pulse, a social feed akin to Facebook that lets users like and comment on posts from other broadcasters. Pulse rolled out to the Twitch desktop app in March. Unlike on Facebook, where algorithms determine the order of posts you see, Pulse updates appear chronologically.

Twitch Pulse on Mobile App

Pulse will appear on the bottom of every screen in the app's redesigned navigation bar. So will the new Live category, which displays all the live feeds from your friends and the channels you've subscribed to, and the Browse category, which lets you find new streams and games.

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The update also brings a notification center to the app, which means quicker access to notifications when someone comments on your post or a channel you're following uploads a new video or goes live. There's a new instant playlist, too, which you can access by swiping down on the screen, and a dark mode for watching streams late at night.

Finally, the new app supports live streaming directly from your phone's camera, which means you can broadcast videos of pretty much anything, not just footage of gameplay. It's the latest sign that Twitch aims to branch out beyond its video game roots to compete directly with the live video platforms of Facebook and Twitter.

The redesigned update is rolling out today, but Twitch says it won't be available to every user until early July.

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