Twitch, the game streaming site recently bought by Youtube, finally released their long awaited overhaul of their Android experience, and it’s pretty impressive. I spent a chunk of last night testing it out and comparing it to my previous fave Twitch client Gameplay Alert.
I flipped back and forth between Twitch and Gameplay Alert while watching the same stream on both. The Twitch app’s video quality is superior/smoother and is the closest thing to watching via desktop/laptop. Twitch’s new UI gives it some of the things I liked about Gameplay Alert, and the only thing I can think of wanting still is GA’s ability to ‘track’ specific games. GA also has better options for showing a stream’s chat, but I imagine that will come to the native app eventually. Everything else is there for the new Twitch app: seeing streams you’re following, find popular games or users, changing the video quality of streams, much better experience on tablets, and others. Overall, it’s a much better app now and will only get better.
If you weren’t a fan of the native app, like I and many others weren’t, than give it another try.
Probably one of, if not the best alternative keyboards for Android has just gone free. Swiftkey dropped the $3.99 price tag in favor of a new freemium price model, which includes paid themes instead. This works out in a lot of different ways for them: more users equals more potential customers that will buy themes, and more themes equals… well… more themes. We’ve been stuck with the same handful of themes for so long that more is already a great bonus.
So if you’ve missed the wave on this app, now’s the time to see what you’ve been missing. They also recently added built-in Emoji support.
Download/Install: Google Play
SwiftKey is coming to iOS 8 devices soon.
Remember when Formspring was a thing and suffered a huge blow when Tumblr added the Ask feature for blogs? Well, this is kind of like that. Vine’s soaring popularity is about to take a big hit now that instagram has introduced its own video option, allowing clips that are more than double the time duration from Vine currently.
Note: While the updated Instagram is available now on both iTunes and Google Play, video so far is only supported on Android devices running Jellybean 4.1+.