There’s a whole crop of lightweight live stream apps for mobile devices. These apps are specifically designed to broadcast video in real-time using only your smartphone or tablet. They don’t require camera add-ons – the camera on your device is sufficient enough; and they don’t need special microphones, just the built-in microphone on your smartphone.
If you want to try out these apps on your smartphone and perhaps stream real-time video over the Internet and share it with your friends, here are several free live stream video apps that are designed for the iOS and Android platforms.
- Periscope is a new live mobile video app recently acquired by Twitter early this year. It’s free to download in the iTunes apps store. The app is relatively easier to use than most live stream video applications available in the market. It offers public or private live stream options, as well as the ability to record your streams to be broadcast at a later time.
- Meerkat is a free app for iOS devices that was released earlier this year. It allows users to transmit live video on Twitter. It basically allows you to create a special video channel that your followers can interact with via tweets. This app, however, only broadcasts on Twitter.
- Bambuser is a relatively older live video app that’s been around for quite some time. It gained significant attention back in 2011 and 2012, during the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries, when protestors used the app to broadcast live video of the street protests. Bambuser is available for free on the Play Store and iTunes Apps Store.
- Stre.am is also a live stream video app for smartphones. It allows users to transmit live video from their mobile devices as well as view other people’s live streams. This free app is available for iOS and Android users.
With these apps, you can literally broadcast your videos live for hundreds, if not thousands of people. As the Stre.am’s motto goes, “Stre.am life as it happens.”