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Mega social networking site Facebook has released a new update that is all about video streaming. Facebook has long been rigorously working on its app on all platforms adding new handy features including HD photo capabilities and also allowing users to comment using reaction images.
Today the new update for both the Android and iOS apps lets users live stream videos from the social networking site including new ways to interact and share these videos.
In a statement directly from the company, “Live in Groups allows you to broadcast to just the people in the Facebook Group – so you can go live in your family group, or share a workout plan in a fitness group. Live in Events means you can go live from a birthday party to allow those that can’t make it join the fun, and a performer can go live backstage to the people who’ve RSVP-ed to the event to give them a sneak peak. You can even use Events to schedule a live Q&A session. We hope this new ability to both broadcast and watch the live video within Groups and Events enables people to connect more deeply with their closest friends, family and the communities of people who share their interests”.
This could be a direct competition to Google’s hangouts as the Facebook said it will be pushing additional features in future updates giving users the means to draw and doodle, five videos filters to allow users to manipulate the appearance of the video, an invite icon where you can invite other people to join you in watching your live stream and also a dedicated section for trending live streams and non-live streams.
“Using the same reactions we launched in News Feed, viewers can select Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry, and the reactions animate right on top of the video. Live Reactions appear in real time and disappear quickly so broadcasters and other viewers can get a sense of how people are feeling at different points during the live video – it’s like hearing the crowd applaud and cheer”.