Facebook Live video streaming is on its way to Android
Facebook Live, the real-time video streaming feature designed to compete with Periscope and Meerkat, will soon be available on Android — two months after making its debut on iOS.
Users in the U.S. are getting the feature first, but Facebook promises it will reach more countries soon.
Facebook Live gives users the ability to share amazing experiences and memorable moments with their friends and family in real-time. It’s already popular among Android users, Facebook says, with more than 50 percent of people watching live videos on Android devices.
Now those with Android devices are getting the ability to host their own broadcasts, too.
“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,” Facebook confirmed this week. “We’re starting our Android rollout in the U.S., with more countries coming soon.”
On iOS, Facebook Live was rolled out to 30 countries just one month after launching in the U.S., so Android users outside of America shouldn’t have to wait too long to get their hands on it.
When Live is available to you, you’ll be able to start streaming by tapping “What’s on your mind?” at the top of your News Feed, then selecting the Live video icon. You can add a short description for the stream, and choose who it should be shared with before going live.
While you’re broadcasting, the Facebook app tells you how many viewers you have, and who’s tuning in. You also get the ability to respond to comments in real-time, and when your broadcast is over, the video will appear on your timeline, so those who missed it can watch it later.