Mixer, Microsoft’s interactive game streaming service, today released a redesigned app for Android, with a counterpart on iOS “in the coming days.”
The new app, detailed by Mixer in a blog post, is designed for greater levels of personalization, interaction and simplified discovery of new users. Some of the new features include push notifications to let users know when their favorite streams log on, new tabs for trending streams and greater control of things like video quality and chatting features.
The refresh comes just a few months after Mixer introduced a social-oriented mobile apps for iOS and Android that let players stream on the go and share experiences in their favorite mobile games. The Mixer Create apps are an extension of the core function of broadcasting games and also a social outlet, similar to something like Facebook Live.
Microsoft purchased Mixer, a member of the TechStars Seattle 2016 class then known as Beam, last year. The deal gave Microsoft a rival to YouTube Gaming and Amazon’s Twitch, letting users livestream and watch games and other content.
Since then, Microsoft has integrated the streaming service into Windows 10 and Xbox, giving it a huge platform to add millions of users. Mixer has not disclosed its user base, but Microsoft reports 600 million Windows 10 monthly active devices and more than 53 million monthly active Xbox Live users, so if even a small fraction is using Mixer, it’s a significant number.