Facebook has today announced that it is bringing its Periscope-like live video broadcast feature to Android. The service received its debut on iPhones last month.

Facebook Live enables you to share your experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to you – whether you’re someone who wants to broadcast to friends and family, or a public figure who wants to connect with fans around the world. Live videos on Facebook are authentic and exciting, and we’re seeing people tuning in and engaging directly with broadcasters in the moment. 

The company says that people spend more than three times longer watching a video when it is live …


The feature is rolling out to U.S. Android devices from today, with more than 30 other countries following “in the coming weeks.”

Facebook often adds features without a formal update to the app. The best way to trigger a check for new features is to restart the app.

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.

Once you end the live broadcast, the video will remain on your timeline as a recorded one – which you can of course delete if desired.

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