Twitch, the video game live streaming service, was teased as one of the upcoming apps that would support Android TV at Google I/O. However, it wasn’t until months later that the app received an update on Google Play with an exciting changelog.
Couch potatoes rejoice! Twitch comes to Android TV.
With everyone rejoicing, let’s take a closer look at the app and how each part works.
The app uses the leanback interface, making it easy to switch between different categories or search among all streams. To login to your account, you need to go to a browser on another device and enter a particular code. This is a common aspect in several different TV apps, which does make it easier than having to type your password using a DPAD in front of everyone, but it can be a bit annoying to use two devices.
The interface keeps Twitch’s purple branding, using white as an accent color.
When you search for something, you’ll be presented with users, channels, and games in different rows that make it easy to pick exactly what you’re looking for. The top row is people, which is an interesting choice as I believe games should be the first category.
After finding a stream, it starts playing. The screen is divided vertically. The stream itself takes up most of the room, but they have placed the chatroom off to the right so we can see what is being said.
There’s a few options you can take with the stream by moving left and right. First, they do give users the ability to change the quality settings.
You can make the video fullscreen, in case you don’t want to see what random users are chatting about. Also you can go to the details page for the stream which lets you look at related streams that may have happened in the past or are currently happening.
Twitch doesn’t have support for Live Channels, although that would be cool, but it has made a pretty robust app that lets viewers find the content they want in a number of ways including recommendations. Plus, it’s using the same Play Store listing as the mobile app which is great. Users won’t have to fumble looking for the correct version of the app. Instead, they know it’s just Twitch. If the store listing isn’t working for you, it can be sideloaded from APK Mirror.
Edit: A lot of users have been reporting that they can’t find the app in the Play Store. It appears like Twitch is doing a staged rollout, where only a certain percent of users will be able to receive the update, in order to test user response and fix bugs quickly. If you can’t download it now, and don’t want to sideload, you may just have to wait until the app is available for you.