Google has announced a new open source project, YouTube WatchMe for Android, that will allow third party app developers to get live broadcasting capabilities in their apps.
The project, available on GitHub, has a reference app designed for the Android operating system that creates a YouTube Live Streaming Event. It has a simple interface allowing an end user to press a button to start broadcasting from their phone to YouTube, and another button to end the event. The app’s interface also allows users to tap a thumbnail to start a live broadcast session as well as recommend the broadcast on Google+. The Internet giant says that the app being offered is still in the experimental phase so the developers may face a few bugs.
The WatchMe project is designed for mobile app developers to start, stop, view and share live events from within an Android app. YouTube already offers a live streaming functionality that allows event creators to capture and share live video using either custom encoders and controls, and users to live stream a Google Hangout using their webcam. The Live streaming functionality will be similar to Sony Xperia's 'Live on YouTube' app and HTC's 'Re' app.
According to reports, YouTube is also planning a paid subscription service that will allow users to watch content on the site without any advertisements. YouTube has over a billion users and had a net revenue of $3.5 billion in 2013. However, according to other reports, Facebook may soon replace YouTube as the top video sharing site. The social networking site recently revealed that it has been serving one billion videos a day.