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Niantic buys gameplay recording app Lowkey to enhance its in-game social expertise

Niantic has acquired one other firm to assist construct out its augmented actuality platforms. The corporate has introduced that it is buying the staff behind Lowkey, an app you should utilize to simply seize and share gameplay moments. Whereas you should utilize any display screen seize utility — and even your cellphone’s built-in function — to file your video games, Lowkey was designed with informal players or those that do not wish to spend time enhancing their movies in thoughts. 

The app can seize movies in your pc, as an example, and sync them along with your cellphone the place you should utilize its easy enhancing instruments to create brief clips optimized for cell viewing. You are additionally capable of share these clips with buddies inside the app Snapchat-style or publish it for public viewing like TikTok. Niantic did not reveal what the Lowkey staff will probably be doing for its AR video games and experiences precisely, nevertheless it mentioned the staff’s “management on this area will speed up the social experiences [it’s] constructing in [its] merchandise.” The corporate added: “We share a typical imaginative and prescient for constructing group round shared experiences, and enabling new methods to attach and play for our explorers.”

The Pokémon Go creator bought different corporations previously in its quest to construct extra instruments and options for its augmented actuality merchandise. In 2017, it bought social animation startup Evertoon to construct a social community for its video games. Final yr, it purchased 3D mapping startup 6D.ai to develop “planet-scale” augmented actuality, and simply this August, it acquired LiDAR scanning app Scaniverse to create a 3D map of the world.

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