Facebook will bring its live video streaming service to Android phones within the next week, the company announced today. The Android rollout will begin with users in the US, before expanding to other countries. The Facebook Live feature, which allows users to broadcast live video through the company’s flagship mobile app, initially launched on iOS in the US. As of today, it’s available in more than 30 countries, and Facebook says it plans to bring it to new markets “within the coming weeks.”
Live video has been a point of focus for Facebook in recent months, as it looks to broaden its News Feed to include more real-time content. In a post announcing the Android rollout today, Facebook said the average time its users spend watching live video is three times longer than when the video is not live. Of those watching live content through Facebook Live, more than 50 percent are Android users.