Google Play Paid Apps Get Whopping Top Price Limit: Some Apps Can Reach $400 In US

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android Users Can Now Record And Publish Their Video Gameplay From The Google Play Games App.

Twitch? Google is doubling down on its investment in its Twitch competitor, YouTube Gaming, with today’s launch of a new feature in its Google Play Games app that will allow users to record and share their best moments directly from their favorite mobile games.On the heels of adding live Android game streaming to the YouTube Gaming app, Google has announced that it’s adding video-uploading capabilities to its gaming app.

The feature, clearly, is meant to help Google increase the amount of video game-related content housed on YouTube – content which now has its own dedicated mobile application, thanks to this summer’s debut of YouTube Gaming. The recordings support both 480p and 720p quality; you can also turn on your device’s microphone and front-facing camera to record commentary and reactions simultaneously.

It’ll be available first in the US and UK, with support in more countries coming “soon after.” If this sounds a lot like Google’s last game streaming announcement, that’s because it is. The obvious difference is that this isn’t streaming anything live, so players will capture their game, clip the section they want with the app’s basic editing options, and then upload it to YouTube. To illustrate how popular this video content has become, the company also points out that some channels, like VanossGaming and TobyGames, generate millions of views – numbers that equate to those of famous Hollywood celebs or musicians. Google will also give you a guesstimate about how much space your new video will take up, so you avoid the frustration of recording an epic 30-minute gaming session, only to have the video cutout halfway. Besides simply being a library of installed titles and a gaming-specific version of the Play Store, it shows achievements and leaderboards, lets users find matches for multiplayer games, and displays friends’ profiles.

Gameplay can be captured in 720p or 480p, and gamers can choose to add video of themselves and commentary using their device’s front-facing camera and microphone. For example, a third-party camera app may take up only about 80 megabytes of room, but the photos you have snapped with it might be sitting on two gigabytes of your iPhone’s available space. Deleting photos, videos, old podcasts and other files you do not need, uninstalling apps you never use or offloading items you want to keep to online storage sites can help clear your phone. The video will interfere with those playing areas, but Google’s Duncan Curtis told Gizmodo that they’re working on an even better implementation of this feature in future releases.

That being said, rival Twitch, now owned by Amazon, has the potential for deeper platform integrations as well, and has already established itself as the go-to destination for video game streams, gaming competitions and as a place to check out new games ahead of purchase. YouTube says that 144 billion minutes of gaming videos and livestreams are watched on the platform, so any way they can come up with to get more content there is great for them. When it was released, Microsoft Office 2013 included integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online file storage service that is now known as OneDrive.

Following this release, Google says it will also soon launch an SDK for developers, so they can build the gameplay recording functionality right in their own apps and games. TIP OF THE WEEK Thanks to a bigger screen, browsing the Google Play Store from your computer’s browser can be a more efficient way to research and compare possible apps for your Android device — and you can even buy and install new apps you find right from your computer without having to pick up your phone or tablet.

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