Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones. Similar to Twitter's Periscope app, Facebook Live lets people broadcast live video to their friends. Broadcasters see the number of viewers and their names, and a real-time stream of comments. Live broadcasts are automatically saved to users' timelines where they can be kept or deleted. People will be able to see live videos in their News Feed, but may also subscribe to the feeds of their favorite broadcasters. Facebook will send alerts to let people let them know when broadcasters go live. Facebook Live will reach Android devices in the U.S. first, with other countries to follow.
Periscope Adds Search and Saving Tools
May 9, 2016
Periscope today detailed forthcoming changes that will make it easier to find and save video broadcasts. First, Periscope will improve search by making it possible to browse live broadcasts via categories as well as via keywords.
Periscope for iOS Lets You Draw On Your Live Video
Apr 29, 2016
Periscope users can now sketch on the screen during live broadcasts. Periscope added the feature in a recent update to the app, which it says "provides a new way to express yourself while broadcasting." The tool, which requires a long-press to access, lets users draw in red, green, or blue, or use a dropper to sample a color from the video.
Twitter Enables Audio-Only Broadcasting from Mobile Apps
Sep 8, 2018
Twitter has made it possible for people to stream just live audio from their mobile device. The functionality is built into the live streaming portion of the app, which until recently was reserved only for live video.
Twitter Debuts Live 360-Degree Videos
Dec 29, 2016
Twitter and Periscope plan to let broadcasters push live 360-degree video to followers on the two social networks. Twitter sees the real-time, 360-degree video as yet another way for people to interact with personalities and publishers.
Google Home's Broadcast Feature Goes Live
Nov 13, 2017
Google today enabled the broadcast feature on Google Home devices in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada. Now, people with Google Home devices in their house can broadcast announcements or statements from their phone-based Google Assistant to their Home device.