Mixer's mobile apps updated with picture-in-picture, HypeZone, and more
Mixer is shaking things up with a handful of new features heading to its Android and iOS apps.
Following up on its design overhaul that debuted late last year, Microsoft-owned streaming service Mixer is rolling out a batch of handy new features to its iOS and Android apps. Included as part of the updates is support for picture-in-picture, Mixer's HypeZone, and more.
The most prominent new feature is picture-in-picture, which works much like it does in other video apps, like YouTube and Twitch. While watching a streamer, you'll now be able to pull the video down to dock it in its own window at the bottom of the screen. Then, you can browse throughout the rest of the app while still keeping an eye on the action.
Landscape view has also be revamped so that chat and interactive flyouts won't cover the stream, and you can now view hosted channels in the app and chat with both channels. Lastly, Mixer's HypeZone, which highlights streamers who are close to winning in select games, is now supported in the mobile apps.
Here's an official look at the release notes for the latest update:
- HypeZone: Mixer's unique channels highlighting the streamers closest to winning are now on the mobile app!
- Picture in Picture: You can now browse other streams, read 'About' pages, traverse the app without leaving the channel you were watching.
- Hosting: You can now view hosted channels with the app and chat in both channels.
- Refreshed Landscape View: Chat and interactive flyouts no longer cover the stream video on landscape view.
That's a pretty good batch of new features that bring the mobile apps more in line with the features available on the desktop. Personally, after becoming dependent on it in the YouTube app, I'm mostly stoked about being able to use picture-in-picture browsing.
If you want to check out all of what's new, you can grab the latest update to the Mixer app for Android and iOS now.
- See at Google Play (opens in new tab)
- See at the App Store (opens in new tab)
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Now if only they would update their website. It's horrible. It's not responsive. Chat is stuck it it's own window separate from video so if you try to resize the page to be very narrow, chat just covers the video. YouTube and Twitch have been doing this forever.
Agree it needs work however, try this. Resize and then refresh the page. It should then revert to the mobile template, where you get the video across the whole width, chat beneath. I do it every day and have Mixer on half of one monitor.
The big problem with the website is that they have multiple search bars for channels and gamers. It's a confusing mess. They need one search bar, front and center, and then demarcated results.
I'll give you $50 for one. I loved W10M, it has taken me a long time to admit it, but even I've jumped ship in the last couple of weeks. These phones are worthless now. Unless all you do is the ultra basics, calls, sms etc. Even the Outlook app is terrible compared to Outlook on Android or iOS which is constantly updated along with all the other Microsoft services. I've never been happier with my Android switch that I've filled with Microsoft apps and services 😊
MS should make a Mixer desktop app
Mixer Go isn't a bad third party desktop app but I'd prefer an official one.
Yeah, they should make UWP Mixer app. They need the best integration and experience for Windows 10, especially with support for Compact Overlay (Picture-in-Picture) feature. Not sure if even PWA supports that, which is more of OS-specific feature. Microsoft, please give more love to your own platform.