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Thanks to your feedback, we’re releasing our latest Whispers update to everyone today. This means that whether you’re on mobile or web, you can now seamlessly DM your friends. Based on our beta period (and, your input), here are some of the changes we made to the final product:
Easily Start a Conversation
Once upon a time, the only way you could start whispering was by typing /w <username> in global chat. Those days are over. Now there is a dedicated Whisper button on the bottom right of the player. Clicking that icon allows you to quickly initiate a conversation with anyone on Twitch.
Looking to message someone specific? Within the Whispers List window, you can now use our handy search function to find a list of relevant Twitch users. After you’ve found who you want to whisper, click his or her username to initiate a conversation.
Better Notification Management
We know that there’s nothing worse than missing a new speedrun WR or a pentakill, so to ensure you can watch your favorite broadcaster uninterrupted, we’ve added a Do Not Disturb (DND) mode in the Whispers Settings menu.
When enabled, DND prevents incoming Whispers from popping up a new conversation window. During this time, your Whispers count will continue to update and you can always access new messages in the main Whispers List window.
What if you’re receiving too many messages? In addition to blocking Whispers from strangers, you can also now mark all messages as read via your Whispers Settings.
And last, but not least, we fixed performance issues so that video can continue playing smoothly during your Whisper usage. For a full list of changes we made and other FAQ, head on over to our Knowledge Base.
Android fans get ready, we’ve got something awesome coming your way. Starting today, you’ll be able to enjoy a shiny new version of the Twitch app on the latest Android TV devices. Not only that, but our Android mobile app has also been updated to give all users the new Whispers 2.0 functionality!
Our Android TV app gives you a more personal viewing experience, including the ability to login and follow content you love, search for your favorite games and broadcasters, and an integrated chat experience. Here’s the full breakdown of the features you can expect:
- Watch live and recorded video of top games, players, and esports events.
- Follow channels and games you want to keep tabs on.
- View profile pages to learn about broadcasters, including the ability to check out their VODs.
- Hi-res video (1080p/60fps) support for Android TV devices.
The Whispers 2.0 mobile update allows all Android users to enjoy an enhanced chat experience. Simply tap the whispers icon in the top right section of the app to see your private messages at a glance.
Slide into your friends’ DMs on the go with our first phase of whispers on your mobile device! Starting today, a small sample size of Android users will automatically gain access to our updated whispers functionality. We will continue to roll this out to more and more users until we have gathered enough feedback for a full launch. After we collect enough feedback from our Android users during this soft launch, we will follow things up by getting our iOS friends in on the fun.
If your device is selected, you will automatically be able to update the app to have access to the new functionality. Check back each day this week to see if you have access! Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta. Please submit all your feedback about our whispers update by filling out a feedback report.
Welcome to the September Indie Spotlight! This month we’re inviting you to check out Seriously Digital Entertainment’s Best Fiends. No, that is not a typo.
In Best Fiends, a game designed for mobile first, you’ll enter the world of Minutia, a land packed with cute characters, evil Slug invaders, single and versus gameplay, and over 300 levels of puzzle action.
As is the tradition with our Indie Spotlights, we’re partnering with top Twitch broadcasters to show you the ins and outs of this award winning game. And you won’t have to wait long because the first broadcast is going down TODAY with SuushiSam. Here’s the complete schedule:
Are you ready for more indie gaming goodness? Of course you are.
In this month’s Indie Spotlight, we’re giving you an in-depth look at Space Ape’s Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin. It’s a new take on the mobile real-time strategy genre with plenty of action, intriguing backstory, and collaborative guild-based gameplay to go around.
It’s a wide world of gaming out there. We would know. And keeping up with new releases can be overwhelming. Especially those from smaller developers. Well, prepare to be overwhelmed no more.
Introducing the Twitch Indie Spotlight, a special promotions program designed to help smaller game publishers and developers build an indie community on Twitch, and to help viewers discover something new.
Starting this July, Twitch will give an indie developer the chance to highlight a game every month. You’ll be able to watch featured streams, hear from the developers, and check out the game in action right here on Twitch.
The first game in the Indie Spotlight is Vainglory. A new MOBA designed specifically for touch interfaces like iOS and Android. In fact, it was so well designed it received an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2015.
We’ll be celebrating it’s global release LIVE on July 1st with a 24 hour stream. The first two hours will be broadcast directly from Twitch HQ where the developers will take on players from across the globe. We’ll continue the spotlight throughout the month with exclusive streams showcasing the game and all it’s innovative touchy features.
Vainglory Indie Spotlight schedule:
Catch everything at twitch.tv/vainglory
July 1st at 2PM PDT – 24 Hour Global Launch Celebration
July 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 2pm PDT– MOBA pro Zekent hosts a weekly stream introducing newcomers to Vainglory
We’re kicking off a week of awesome product news with the long awaited 2.0 update of the Twitch App for Android. Why is it so hotly anticipated, you ask? Oh, you didn’t? Huh.. Well.. This is awkward. Seeing as how I didn’t really have a back-up plan for this blog I’m just going to go ahead and tell you anyway.
The Twitch App for Android 2.0 brings the full chat experience to your mobile device.
Arriving today for both iOS and Android devices is the latest version of the Twitch mobile viewing app. And while both apps feature their own unique set of updates and fixes, something they do have in common is a newly implemented search feature. Yes, search functionality has returned after a long, hard stint at rehab and it’s here to not only perform its function, but return only relevant, mobile-viewable content from the Twitch website.
Good news, everyone! We’re happy to report that you may now login to your Twitch account and view followed channels with the latest update to the Twitch App for Android. This has been a long time coming as the Android app never allowed for this in the past. It’s all kind of silly in retrospect, so I guess we’ll all just look back on this one day and laugh, yeah? Here are the patch notes:
Last month, we enlisted your help in our Twitch App for Android Beta Program. This was a great success and helped us lay solid groundwork for future development. We’d now like to expand the program so that we can get even more feedback. We’re again opening up the beta program for sign-ups for the next 48 hours or 1500 sign-ups (whichever comes first).
Please click here to sign up for the beta program.
One week ago today, we relaunched the Twitch App for Android, backed by developer support. When we issued this update, we mentioned that we’d also be opening a beta program to give Android users a peek at new builds, and to help us ensure that, moving forward, we’re issuing a quality product. You’ll be pleased to hear that day is today, as we open sign-ups for the Twitch App for Android Beta Program.
The last time our Android app received an update was on April 20, 2012. Since then, it’s languished in a state of development limbo as engineers were pulled away to mission-critical projects, and our iOS app demanded great attention. With the recent launch of the Ouya gaming console, we found yet another incentive to return to Android development, as the platforms are one in the same.
Today, we make good on our promise of renewed Android development with the release of the Twitch app for Android, (v1.0.5). Or as we here in Marketing like to call it, The Twitch App for Android Version 1.0 Part II: Droid Harder.