YouTube to bring vertical live feed for streamers on mobile. Copying TikTok much?

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Still buzzing from excitement from YouTube’s Playables, the so-called future of free mobile gaming? Well, we have more good news for you. The popular video-streaming platform is currently testing a new vertical live feed for mobile viewers. 

As we’ve spotted from an updated entry on the platform’s test features & experiments page, YouTube also says that the new experience includes a scrollable live stream feed and easily accessible fan funding features. It’s just like browsing on TikTok live.

The experiment is currently running in a limited number of users and countries, and it allows creators to live stream in a vertical orientation, either on their mobile devices using the YouTube app or through desktop streaming software. 

“We’re experimenting with this new vertical live feed, and plan to test out more improvements to the vertical live streaming experience soon,” the update reads. 

Their vertical live streams will be visible to eligible viewers who are browsing Shorts on the YouTube app.

The move comes as YouTube increasingly focuses on mobile, but many criticized the platform for being too “TikTok-esque.” Not too long ago, we also reported that Google will soon let you find songs by simply humming on YouTube’s search bar, just like on Shazam. Tappable stickers are also coming to Shorts for mobile users, although it’s not yet available for those on TV and desktops.