Facebook has announced that it is finally expanding its live video-streaming tool to Android devices, but only in the U.S. for now.
Today’s news comes one month after the social network opened Facebook Live to all iOS users in the U.S., following a short period of limited availability for celebrities and those with verified profiles.
Above: Facebook Live on Android
Similar to Twitter’s Periscope, Facebook Live lets you broadcast yourself to the world, by tapping the status update box and hitting the little Live Video icon. You can then choose who you wish to share the video with. In many ways, it’s more accessible than Twitter’s Periscope, given that you don’t require a separate mobile app — it exists within the main Facebook client.
During its iOS-only life so far, Facebook said that more than 50 percent of people who have watched live-streams have done so on an Android device.
Though the Android incarnation is limited to U.S. users for now, the feature is being expanded on iOS to more than 30 countries today.