Facebook will let Android users stream live videos from next week
Facebook has announced that it is now all set to bring the Live video feature to Android. The new Live feature, which was rolled out for iOS users last month, allows people to broadcast live to viewers at the social network, with streams digitally recorded and saved in a broadcaster Facebook timeline just like posted video.
The new service will now be available to Android users starting next week. “We’re excited to announce that in the next week we are going to start rolling out the ability for people on Android to share live video. We’re starting our Android rollout in the US, with more countries coming soon,” said Facebook in a blog post.
Live videos can be found in News Feed at Facebook accounts, and people can subscribe to friends or public figures to be notified about live broadcasts.
To share live video, simply tap “What’s on your mind?” at the top of News Feed and select the Live Video icon. You can write a quick description and select the audience before going live. During your broadcast, you will see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in, and respond to a real-time stream of comments. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved on your Timeline like any other video, which you can then delete or keep for your friends to watch later.
You can discover live videos from your friends and public figures you follow right in News Feed. While watching a live video, you can tap the Subscribe button to get notified the next time the broadcaster goes live.
This new Facebook feature comes as a rival to live-video streaming mobile apps Meerkat and Periscope, which is owned by Twitter.