27 Feb 2016

Facebook Live video streaming for Android

After introducing the Facebook Live feature for iOS, the company now brings for the Android platform. Facebook Live lets you share your experience in real-time, just like the live video app Periscope that Twitter introduced on its messaging service last year.

“We know that people on Android love interacting with live videos —more than 50 percent of people watching live videos are using Android devices,” Facebook writes.

Unlike Periscope, it isn’t a separate app and comes integrated within Facebook. One has to simply select the Live video icon once they tap on ‘What’s on your mind’. During the broadcast, users will be able to see the number of live viewers, friends who are tuning in, and also respond to a real-time stream of comments. On ending the broadcast, it will be saved on the Timeline like any other video.

Facebook Live broadcasting is available for people in more than 30 countries and can share live video via iOS. The company plans to introduce it to more people and Pages across the world in the coming weeks.

While watching a live video, users can tap on the subscribe button and get notified the next time the broadcaster goes live. Now, the feature will start rolling out to Android users in the US in the coming week, followed by other countries. However, the social network hasn’t specified any country-wise time frame.


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