YouTube Gaming Android App gains 60fps playback, slimmed down navigation menu

A new pop-out player lets keep an eye on the gaming action while you also get some 'work' done.

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The Android version of YouTube Gaming is catching up to the iOS app with several features that might hook you more deeply into game-watching sessions.

According to the Official YouTube Blog, you’ll have a new pop-out player to keep YouTube Gaming visible on top of other apps, so you can continue watching a livestream while still using another app. 

Additionally, the Android app now joins the iOS and web version with the ability to play back at 60fps and rewind video with a DVR mode.

There are several other organizational changes with a goal to make things easier to find. For example, there’s a new “Live” tab with features games and channels and the sidebar has been banished in favor of a simplified navigation scheme.

Why this matters: Gaming is a multi-billion dollar business, and Google would love to have a large piece of this pie. The company’s Twitch competitor still has some work to do when it comes to winning over converts from the Amazon-owned live streaming service. But the initial effort is already impressive considering that Google is trying to gain fans among hard-core gamers and pull in those who are new to the concept of watching game streams.

For comprehensive coverage of the Android ecosystem, visit Greenbot.com.

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