Twitch detoxes chat by splitting it into separate rooms


Twitch this week introduced Rooms, a feature that splits chat into separate sections, thus solving the problem of overcrowded chat. Until now, a streamer’s chat was a single channel, where everyone could pour in whatever bile they like and the only recourse moderators had was to ban or time out the unruly. It wasn’t exactly a French salon. As a result, several conversations could be happening at once, particularly in a popular streamer’s chat. The only recourse for viewers who might want to participate in one of these side tangents would be to talk in Discord, or to take it…

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Google Phone app update adds chat heads with quick controls

Google Phone chat heads widget

Google is pushing out an update to the Google Phone app for devices like Pixel, Nexus, and Android One phones, and it brings with it a neat new feature.

Version 17 of the Google Phone app adds a chat head-style floating widget. Think of it like the chat head feature that we’ve seen before in Facebook Messenger.

The Google Phone chat head works like this: When you’re on a call, you can press the home button and a small photo of the person you’re talking to will appear and stay on top of other apps. You can tap the chat head at any time to go back to the call, mute it, turn on speakerphone, or end the call. You can also drag the widget to the bottom of the screen to end the call or hide the chat head.

There’s no setting to disable the chat head widget, but you can go into your Settings app and find the list of apps that can “Display on top of other apps”. Disable the feature for the Phone app and you should stop seeing the chat head widget during future calls.

This seems like a nifty little feature for the Google Phone app. In the past, we’ve seen phone apps show a red status bar or notification when you leave the phone app during a call, but with this chat head, you get a small widget that you can move around on the screen wherever it’s out of the way and easily end the call, mute the call, or turn on speakerphone without having to jump back to the phone app.

Do you have this feature in your Google Phone app yet?

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Twitch launches public and private chat rooms for streamers

Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch today announced the launch of a chat room feature that will exist outside the standard Twitch chat that lives on the righthand side of live streams. The company is calling the new product Rooms, and these chats will be both public and private chats streamers can set up for viewers and subscribers to interact with a streamer and each other around dedicated topics or themes. For instance, a streamer could set up a chat room specifically for subscribers only and leave it open 24 hours a day, even when that streamer is not live, so discussions can take place at around the clock and even when the channel is inactive.

Twitch first announced the feature back at its annual developer and fan conference,…

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There’s a new update to the Google Phone app rolling out to Google-supported devices, and this one brings a long-awaited feature: Chat heads. More specifically, this is the floating widget with the contact photo of the person you’re talking to. Also coming in the future, or possibly already live for some, is support for the new Real-Time Text protocol.

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Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Floating chat heads during calls

Floating bubble for in-call functions

Google has been experimenting for months while with adding a floating widget to its Phone app, similar to that of the chathead feature made popular by Facebook Messenger.

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