While Periscope and Meerkat are busy battling each other, a new live streaming app has arrived in town. Recently just launched, this new app is called Mirrativ (combining the words mirror and narrative), and it basically allows users to broadcast whatever is happening on the display screen of their smartphone or tablet.
Mirrativ does this through a combination of untethered mobile broadcasting, display screen sharing, and social interactions, all in one single mobile app. Those interested can start using the Mirrativ mobile app on Android (beta version). As for iOS users, the team behind the app is working on a version that runs on Apple’s mobile operating system, and should be up and running in the next few weeks.
Broadcasting a game that is playing on one’s display screen is nothing new. As a matter of fact, a certain startup called Twitch has helped a lot in popularizing this activity. Twitch essentially allows its users to live stream gameplay from consoles, such as the PlayStation or the Xbox, or from computers. Even Google is joining in on the fun with YouTube Gaming, an Android app that the tech giant released last August 26th for viewing live video. However, Twitch and YouTube Gaming currently lack the option of broadcasting gameplay directly from one’s mobile device without connecting first to a PC.
This is the main advantage of Mirrativ, letting people live stream games without needing to be tethered to a computer. Mobile games are more popular now than ever, especially with big hits such as Minecraft and Hearthstone. There will definitely be demand for gameplay live streaming, with fans of these games increasingly wanting to view more broadcasted games.
Interestingly, Mirrativ is more than just a gameplay live streaming app. It can also share anything that can be shown on a mobile device’s display screen, which includes other mobile apps, or menus of smartphones and tablets. If a user has just discovered a cool new way of operating an app, say, Instagram, they can share that technique to their friends by live streaming it via Mirrativ.
Knowing that it is far from being the first in the field of live streaming, Mirrativ has cleverly learned from other similar apps, most notably Periscope (owned by Twitter) and Meerkat. Like these two, Mirrativ can broadcast videos captured with the camera on one’s smartphone or tablet. Also, the people that view the live stream can also get to interact with the user sharing the broadcast. This means that they can like and even post comments. Plus, Mirrativ can stream the user’s face along with what he or she is currently broadcasting.
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