On Friday, Facebook announced that it is expanding it Facebook Live feature to Android and more than 30 countries.
First unveiled for iOS last month, Facebook Live allows users to share real-time video broadcasts on the social network and now, more users can try out the feature. "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," said Facebook's Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager and Dave Capra, Engineering Manager, in a blog post on the matter. "We know that people on Android love interacting with live videos — more than 50% of people watching live videos are using Android devices. 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." The iOS feature is rolling out to more than 30 countries, with more to follow. For Android, the feature is limited to the US at launch, with more markets coming soon.
Once Facebook Live is available on your device or in your market, a Live Video icon will appear under "What's on your mind?" at the top of News Feed. You can write a quick description of the video or select your audience before starting your live video. "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," explained Facebook. "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 will appear within your News Feed.
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