It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
But there are several indications that suggest it is getting there. For instance, the tech giant has recently proceeded to changing the name of its mobile app on iOS from “YouTube - Watch, Upload and Share Videos” to the more encompassing “YouTube - Watch Videos, Music, and Live Clips.”
For several months now, Google has been taking its time in granting specific users access to YouTube mobile live streaming. For those not familiar with this feature, it basically lets account holders stream live videos using their mobile devices unto their YouTube channel. This functionality was only made accessible to users who have at least 10,000 subscribers on their channel. It goes without saying that this requirement favors those content creators with great followings. YouTube had begun offering the live streaming capability to users with at least 10,000 subscribers back in February early this year, just half a year after the feature was first activated on a very select number of users, including Ben Brown and Lewis of Unbox Therapy.
But then more than a month ago, it was reported that YouTube had dropped (albeit quietly) the requirement down to only a thousand subscribers, as it continued to polish the functionality. The said requirement is actually still officially there -- as anybody can see when they go visit Google’s support web page for the feature. Some reports, however, (like a report recently published by Android Police) have already stated that YouTube’s mobile live streaming feature was already made available to everyone. According to Android Police, some users who do not have a thousand subscribers in their channels have claimed they already have access to the functionality.
Google has not made any official announcement to that matter. It is quite possible that the feature may already be rolling out, but the deployment may be more selective or more slow than expected, which should explain some users already having access while others still do not. What about the name change mentioned earlier? Well, it could be a sign that a roll out is indeed going to happen soon, and the reason Google has not announced it yet is that either things are not yet fully ready, or the company may just waiting for the opportune moment.
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