Late last month, Facebook announced the expansion of Live Video sharing to everyone in the U.S who owns an iOS-powered device. This feature is now available to users in more than 30 countries.
Live Video sharing has now been launched on Android-powered devices, enabling users to share their experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to them – whether you’re someone wanting to broadcast to friends and family, or a public figure who wants to connect with fans around the world.
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’ll 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.
“Live videos on Facebook are authentic and exciting, and we’re seeing people tuning in and engaging directly with broadcasters in the moment. In fact, we’ve seen that on average people watch a live video more than three times longer when it is live compared to when it is not live,” Facebook stated in a blogpost.
Users can discover live videos from their friends and public figures they follow right in News Feed. Users can tap the Subscribe button to get notified the next time the broadcaster goes live while watching a live video.
At the moment, Live Video sharing on Android is available to only Facebook users in the United States. In the coming weeks, it will be available to users across the world.