Report: YouTube Working On Live-Streaming Video App

YouTube might be stepping up to bat against Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live with its own foray into the live-streaming video world, according to a new report.

Google’s video division is working on YouTube Connect, an app that streams video as it’s happening, Venture Beat reports, citing insiders close to the matter.

According to VentureBeat, YouTube Connect will be available on both iOS and Android devices. Google is staying mum.

YouTube Connect will work a lot like other similar apps, a source said: live videos will be available within the app as well as on the YouTube site itself. Users can log in using their Google or YouTube account and start streaming from their mobile phone.

There’s a built-in chat function and tagging features, as well as a news feed that shows clips from friends or other accounts you’ve subscribed to on YouTube. Users will be able to store some broadcasts in the app, so you and friends can replay your shenanigans in the future.

It’s unclear when YouTube Connect will be released, but as VentureBeat notes, Google’s I/O developer conference is coming up in May, which would be a likely time to debut a new product.

Google is building YouTube Connect, a livestreaming app to take on Periscope [VentureBeat]

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