Livestream Android: 5 Reasons to Do It and How to Get Started
Livestreaming is the future of online communication. We’ve already seen that Android video chat apps are quite popular for streamed video, but they’re limited to friends and family. The next step is for people to start streaming video to an audience.
It might seem like a silly idea at first, but there are some practical use cases here. If you think that livestreaming your Android device “just isn’t for you”, we implore you to reconsider. It’s not that hard to do, and we think you’ll find at least one way that livestreaming can make your life better.
Here are some ideas that might interest you.
1. Live Screen Tutorials
If you’re an educator of some kind, then you can stream the content of your Android screen as a feed for others to watch. This is particularly useful as a teaching aid because everything is done in real-time and the audience can provide feedback as you stream the screen.
Think of all the mobile how-to videos on YouTube and imagine how much more useful they’d be if they were done live. But if you don’t want to go the public route, screen streaming can be use as useful for teaching to a private audience.
For example, you could do a live walkthrough of an app. Or you could use a blank canvas and a stylus to teach actual course material, which is similar to what Khan Academy does.
2. Remote Troubleshooting
Teaching can go in the opposite direction, too. Instead of streaming your screen to an audience and teaching them, they can stream their Android screens to you so that you can watch them and guide them in real-time.
Let’s say you live a hundred miles away from your parents. They’re having some trouble with their Android device, but it’s not serious enough to warrant you driving all the way over to help them troubleshoot. Normally, you’d have to guide them with voice only or put it off until the next time you met with them.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier if they just streamed their screen to you so you could tell them to “tap this button”, “swipe left”, and “enable that setting”? It would save a lot of time and energy.
3. Vlogs, Lectures, Presentations
Livestreaming doesn’t just have to be about your screen — after all, most modern Android devices have high-quality built-in cameras. Imagine if the next time you pointed your mobile camera at your face, it wasn’t to make a selfie mobile payment but to stream yourself live on the Web?
We aren’t talking about anything new here, per se. People have been streaming themselves in vlog, lecture, and presentation formats for several years now. However, most of them have had to invest in cameras, microphones, and other peripheral gear to make it happen. Now you can get it done using nothing more than your Android device.
If you lead business meetings for a company that mostly hires remote workers, consider streaming your next meeting with your Android device.
4. Stream Events In Real-Time
If you’re just an everyday user who has no desire to teach or present on camera, livestreaming is still a great way to share your life with friends and family. We already share every detail of our lives on social media, so what’s the harm in a little bit of real-time social streaming ?
For example, how many times have you wished that other people could see what you’re seeing right now? Maybe you’re at an awesome concert, or maybe you’re just fishing at an incredibly beautiful spot. Wouldn’t it be cool if others could join you, even if remotely?
Or, God forbid, you find yourself caught in the midst of a tragedy. Not to be callous, but think about situations like natural disasters, acts of terror, or violent protests. There is value in being able to capture and livestream these events as they’re happening — and what better way than with a mobile device?
5. Broadcast Games and Movies
The gaming community didn’t pioneer livestreaming, but there’s no denying that video games have pushed livestreaming technology to its limits. Before Twitch came on the scene , most real-time videos had horrible resolution and too much buffering.
Gaming streams started off as a way to highlight competitive gaming , but now games are streamed as a form of entertainment. There are hundreds of Twitch streamers who aren’t involved in esports yet provide entertainment value to thousands of viewers every day. If you’re fun or insightful, people want to watch you play games.
If you want to explore legally-gray territory, you might even want to try streaming movies and TV shows. For example, if you’re in a long-distance relationship , one idea for a date might be to watch Netflix on your Android and stream it to your partner so you two can watch together.
How to Livestream Using Mirrativ
Mirrativ is a new Android app that’s winning hearts left and right. With a few taps, you’ll be able to livestream from your Android to the Web in a matter of seconds. It’s really that easy.
How does Mirrativ differ from established apps? Periscope can only broadcast from your Android’s camera feed while apps like Screen Stream Mirroring can only broadcast your Android’s screen. For the first time, Mirrativ offers a way to stream both.
While streaming, viewers can chat with you to offer feedback or ask questions. Mirrativ uses the front-facing camera to combine screen streaming and camera streaming (picture-in-picture style).
Note: Streaming functionality is only available on Android 5.0 and newer. Devices from Android 4.1 up to Android 4.4 can only watch streams.
It’s easy to get carried away with Mirrativ once you get the hang of it, so just remember to make sure that you’re on WiFi before turning it on — otherwise you may wake up to a monster data bill on your next statement .
Would you ever livestream your Android to an audience? What other uses can you think of? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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