Twitch has absolutely exploded as a platform over the past few years, having amassed a staggering number of viewers and even garnered careers for men and women in their bedrooms playing video games on their computers. Therefore, it’s to no surprise that the equipment it takes to continue a professional and easy-running Twitch stream is advancing. Today, we are going to center on using your Android phone or tablet to aid you in your Twitch broadcasting performance.
The following apps will help you keep your Twitch broadcast going a lot smoother and will increase your productivity during the broadcasting session. There’s a lot to think about during a Twitch broadcast, such as how many followers you have, how many viewers are watching, what’s going on and being said in the chat and much more. Hopefully, these applications will help you with that, allowing you to ease the workload on your computer. So here are our Android Apps to improve your Twitch broadcast.
Huey – Ambient Light Effects (FREE)
A lot of Twitch Broadcasters these days take things to a whole new level by having lights on around them that replicate the colour of the game of the colour of the situation that they’re in. This is great for horror games or great for games that involve a lot of vivid colours as it adds a whole new level of immersion to both the broadcaster and the viewers watching. Therefore, our first app recommendation is Huey by Phillips. Phillips Hue lights are some of the leading smart lights you can buy right now. With the Huey app, you can easily turn on/turn off and alter the colour of your lights with a few simples taps and swipes of your phone.
What makes Huey even more clever, however, is that it can use your camera and microphone to change the colours automatically. Therefore, if you mount your phone towards your display and record the image, it will automatically change the colour of your lights no matter what setting or scene you find yourself in within the game. It can really create some stunning emersion and will surely fill your chat with “Omfg rofl how did you get your lights to do that?! lol.”
My Twitch Channel (FREE)
Another handy little application is called My Twitch Channel. My Twitch Channel is basically an unofficial way of looking at everything to do with your Twitch profile and allowing you to interact too. It’s still in Alpha stage and so isn’t the most reliable application out there but it offers some great features that will surely aid you when it comes to all-important time to Broadcast that next episode of LoL.
My Twitch Channel allows you to stream live from your phone, update your channel title and game, view your profile statistics, chat to others in chat, show commercials from the app and much more. It’s a great little companion for someone who either doesn’t have a second screen or just wants the ease of use of having more control of their channel whilst they broadcast.
Twitch Dashboard (FREE)
Twitch Dashboard is another little companion application for Android that will help you during your Twitch Broadcast. Twitch Dashboard allows you to see how many viewers you have on your stream, see which viewers are online during your stream, see your followers as they happen, change your stream title, change the game and change the broadcaster language if you so wish.
It’s not got the prettiest looking user interface, but it goes for the minimal and quick and easy option instead, making it only a few taps process to allow you to quickly change something about your profile or stream that you’re currently broadcasting. A nifty little companion app for those who prefer to change things on the fly from somewhere else rather than stop the game they’re playing to do it.
The official Twitch App (FREE)
A lot of the time, however, there’s nothing better than the official application from the official makers of the service that you’re using. Therefore, downloading the Official Twitch application would be a wise choice. Not only does it offer up the best interface, but it also offers up a more immersive experience, allowing you to do most things you can do on the full desktop website. Except stream itself.
When it comes to features, Twitch has nearly all of the bases covered, you can watch live and recorded video of top games, players & eSports events; it has interactive shows by Xbox, Sony, Riot Games, Blizzard & other developers; there’s a full-featured chat, including chat-only mode, even if the channel is offline; you’ve got the ability to follow channels and games you wanna keep tabs on and finally, it offers Chromecast support. Maybe it doesn’t offer the statistics or number that some of the other applications offer, but that’s why you’d choose those.