YouTube plans to add a new feature for live-streaming that could make it easier for creators to share their live broadcasts using their mobile devices or desktops.
Traditionally, creators had to setup YouTube livestreams by using an encoder. However, through the latest addition they will be able to use the YouTube Live dashboard to broadcast live. Creators just have to click the “Go live” button on the YouTube header – no other setup is necessary.
Right now, YouTube has only made the addition available on Google Chrome browsers.
The move follows competitors such as Facebook and Instagram snapping up more engagement from live video creators as they have bolstered their video offering.
Additionally, YouTube will be launching a feature that lets creators live stream directly using their smartphone camera app. However, the camera app feature will be restricted to certain handset makers – namely Asus, LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung.
YouTube has also added security features to avoid spammy or risky content by asking creators to verify their identities.