Google is planning to take on Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live with a new live streaming app called YouTube Connect, which will soon be available on iOS and Android. According to VentureBeat, Google has been quietly working on the app for a while now, though no official word has yet been issued by the company. Anonymous sources have revealed that you can log into the app using your Google or YouTube account and immediately begin streaming from your mobile phone.
YouTube Connect will support chat and tagging features, as well as a “news feed” that shows the latest clips from your friends or those that you’ve subscribed to on YouTube. Users will be able to view the videos within the app, as well as on the YouTube site in their respective channels. Although timing for the release of YouTube Connect has not been shared, a launch before Google’s I/O developer conference in May can be expected.
“It will also be possible to store previous broadcasts in the app, quite possibly as something you can opt into after you’ve completed the live stream. This will make it possible for you and your friends to watch the replays. The app does not yet have the integrations with Facebook or Twitter that would make it easy for users to share live streams on other social networks”.