AOL has entered the live streaming market with a new version of its Kanvas app. Kanvas 5.0 brings is designed to bring a creative element to mobile live streaming with real time filters, gif stickers, painting and animated themes. The update positions it as a competitor to the likes of the original live streaming app Meerkat and Twitter’s follow- up, Periscope. Kanvas Labs is a New York City based startup recently acquired by AOL.
Kanvas 5.0 merges video streaming with real time editing into one stream that is broadcasted to viewers. The new version also allows the user to chat and comment with stickers in real time.
“Live video streaming on mobile opens up a new window for users to express themselves. With Kanvas Live, we are pushing the boundaries of self expression by giving users a powerful and fun creative toolset to showcase their personality in real-time,” said Vic Singh, founder of Kanvas.
The newly updated app allows users to stream live video to the Kanvas community, Facebook and Twitte, and features six real-time video filters to change the look and feel of the live strea, including tilt-shift, pixelate, monochrome, inverted, haze, blur.
Kanvas 5.0 is just the latest addition to the Kanvas stack, following the recent launches of Kanvas Keyboard with Gif Camera on Android and Kanvas Lab for iOS.