During this year’s VidCon (an event focusing on the online video market) held in the city of Anaheim, California, YouTube took the opportunity to reveal that it has added a live streaming feature to its mobile app. It appears that live streaming features have become the rage right now, with Facebook touting its Live feature while Twitter has its Periscope, and YouTube would do well to join in on the program. But with Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook now offering live streaming services, will wireless carriers be able to handle all that load?
While Periscope and Meerkat are busy battling each other, a new live streaming app has arrived in town. Recently just launched, this new app is called Mirrativ (combining the words mirror and narrative), and it basically allows users to broadcast whatever is happening on the display screen of their smartphone or tablet.
Users of GoPros will now be allowed to stream live videos from their action cameras. This piece of news was revealed by Meerkat just recently during this year’s VidCon online video convention held at the city of Anaheim in Orange County, California.
Periscope, the live video streaming app developed by Twitter, has finally been made available on the Android mobile operating system. The social media giant debuted its Periscope mobile app on the iOS platform early this year, and now it is doing the same to the Android platform. It has been a rather significant wait, but through the efforts of Sara Haider (formerly of Twitter for Android, who now heads the company's Android app development projects), the app can now be used by Android users everywhere.
While its rival Periscope was busy celebrating the fact that many viewers of the much-hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao fight chose to watch the match on Periscope instead of on HBO or Showtime, Meerkat continues to add enhancements to its mobile app. And this time around, the latest update could allow Meerkat to break out from its dependence on Twitter (which owns Periscope).
Floyd Mayweather was not the only victor last Saturday night. Well, at least to Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of Twitter. Shortly after the highly-anticipated Mayweather-Pacquiao ended, Costolo tweeted that Periscope was the true winner of the night.
He may have a point. Viewers who were without access to TVs during the match, or those who were disinclined to pay the lofty $100 pay per view fee to be able to see the fight via HBO or Showtime, instead turned to Periscope, wherein they could watch the fight on their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) or computers basically for free.
The Meerkat live video streaming mobile app has beaten Twitter's own Periscope in penetrating the iOS market. Now, it is doing it again but on the Android platform (supporting version Android 4.2). The Periscope app now has a lot of catching up to do.
The Meerkat mobile app for Android may have been labeled as a “beta” version (similar to an earlier version that was only made available to a very limited number of invited users) but it appears to have no restrictions when it comes to device options. Moreover, the list of core features seem to be complete, at least when compared to the Meerkat mobile app for iOS.
It looks like Twitter is going the extra mile in making sure that the live video streaming service it purchased, Periscope, will be favored by users over rival Meerkat. Reports have surfaced that the social media giant has been calling celebrities who use Meerkat to try and persuade them that Meerkat is no longer popular and that they should go for Periscope instead.
Maybe not, for now. But with the way live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat have been receiving attention lately, it might not be long before people of all ages share live stream videos via their mobile devices as easily as posting on Instagram or updating their Twitter.
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