The jury is still out on whether Google Glass will ever become more than a niche item that is largely targeted at tech enthusiasts, but there’s no denying that it has become a hot topic due to its unique design and its potential security and privacy concerns.
If Google Glass is to break past its niche category, it will need killer apps that can win over the attention of consumers. That’s where Glass apps like Livestream come into play. As you might already know, Livestream already exists as a mobile app for platforms such as iOS and Android, giving users a way to watch live broadcasts and even live broadcast from their smartphones. Now the app is also making its way to Google Glass, though it is currently an unofficial app that will need to be sideloaded.
Livestream already exists as a mobile app for platforms such as iOS and Android, and now it is also making its way to Google Glass
With the Glass app, Google Glass owners can simply say a voice command, click a button and BOOM: they are live streaming whatever their headgear is pointed at. To be fair, this isn’t the first live video streaming platform on Glass, as that honor goes to Google Hangouts.
That said, Livestream is one of the most popular broadcasting platforms out there and is particularly popular among professional users. Even better, Livestream is actually pretty decent when it comes to battery drain, though don’t expect to be recording hours of video either.
Of course, the ability to record content is already a pretty heavy area of controversy for Glass — whether the negative attention is deserved or not — so another live recording app might not help exactly ease the fears of the anti-Glass crowd. Personally I think that the privacy ‘concerns’ for the platform are exaggerated, but everyone has the right to their own opinion.
What do you think, happy to see more professional-level apps and services make their way over to Glass? Do you think that Google’s wearable device will ever make it into mainstream, or will it be overshadowed by other wearable efforts including its own Android Wear platform? Let us know what you think in the comments!