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How to Broadcast Live Videos from Your Android Phone or Tablet

January 14, 2012

Want to show the world what’s going on in your little square footage of the world right as it happens? Need to report a historical event or just share a wonderful moment with your loved ones? Forget about recording video and uploading it to YouTube for viewing at a later time. With the new Ustream app, you can make live broadcasts right from your very own Android device.

Recent strides in technology have made HD video recording at 720p possible and with help from your 5-8-megapixel camera, the Ustream app (from the popular site of the same name) is all you need to jump into this hot trend.

The app is now configured to run on Honeycomb, although compatibility might vary with various Android versions. Once the app is installed on your device, register for an account with Ustream. Give your username some thought since that will serve as your unique URL where your broadcasts will be shown at a custom link such as

When you’re ready to broadcast your live recording, just tap Go Live. Users have to be logged in as they’re recording for the broadcast to work and viewers can access your channel by going to your unique URL.

While doing a broadcast, channel owners have the option to chat with viewers, start a poll, and publish updates to a Facebook or Twitter account. Users also have the option to switch to the front camera to offer their viewers a different perspective of the events, but video quality will be compromised, as most devices only have 2-megapixel front cameras.

If you’re not broadcasting, the Ustream app has the added feature to let you browse other channels for ongoing broadcasts, as well as Web TV channels and radio stations that are being broadcast on air. Just tap on the categories of your interest to start exploring these channels.

The Ustream app can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.

Ever tried a live streaming app such as Ustream? What do you use such an app for?