According to new reports, YouTube is working on a new live streaming app called YouTube Connect.
VentureBeat reports that Google is developing a new mobile app to take on the likes of Periscope and Facebook Live by letting users stream online straight from their mobile devices. According to VentureBeat's sources, the service will be available for iOS and Android devices, and will allow users to log in using their Google or YouTube account to start streaming. YouTube Connect will also include chat and tagging features, and a "news feed" that features clips from your friends and people you've subscribed to follow on YouTube. Videos will be viewable from the app, as well as on YouTube. Users may be able to opt into saving their live streams, though this feature could be set as default so users can replay their videos. At this time, the app does not have integrations with Facebook or Twitter, though this could change.
In a recent interview with Wired, YouTube's Head of Product for Consumers, Manuel Bronstein, said that live video is important for YouTube moving forward. "Broadly speaking, we think about YouTube being synonymous with video," he said. "Live has always been a part of video, and it's actually always a very exciting part." Despite this enthusiastic response to live video on YouTube, the company declined to comment on these new reports. In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said only, "We don't comment on rumor or speculation." YouTube Connect is expected to launch sometime before Google's I/O developer conference in May.
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