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How To Implement Live Streaming for Android Apps

How To Implement Live Streaming for Android Apps

Live video streaming is a really big thing. What can be easier than instantly running a live streaming app on your smartphone? It will directly broadcast you or an event taking place around you... And while you’re streaming a video, your friends are watching it from their mobile devices. And all you need to make it happen is the camera and a built-in microphone on your smartphone... Isn’t this fun?To get more news about moonlive, you can visit official website.
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Live streaming has introduced a different manner for users to connect with their friends and for brands to engage and reach out to their customers.
But how can your business or startup easily implement live streaming for Android without dedicating lots of resources and hours of developers’ work to do it? What technology stands behind live broadcast and makes it real?
Let’s dig into the topic to find comprehensive answers to these questions and also learn more about ready-to-use solutions that facilitate and speed up the process of adding a live video streaming feature into your app.
Unlike the format of video on demand which presumes that a user can select and watch videos at any time, live broadcast videos are tied to a specific moment in time and are displayed while being recorded.

And here’s how live streaming process looks like. Video and audio are both transferred through messages that the video player and the media server exchange. The video player connects to the media server first. The server transfers a portion of the video to the player. This video fragment corresponds to the current playing time. A buffer of several seconds ensures video playback without delays or interruptions. This process is constantly repeated the whole time the web broadcast lasts.
But live streaming never transfers media files as a whole (thus saving bandwidth). Instead, it’s enabled through media servers responsible for transferring and streaming digital video, audio and data. Live streaming provides protection to source video files because they can’t get copied to a viewer’s computer. With the help of additional software, live streaming also supports live chatting and Q&A.

There are multiple ways of enabling live broadcast in your app. We’ll briefly overview the existing technologies below. This way you’ll be able to differentiate their key features and type of content they’re best made to deliver:

RTMP Protocol
Real-Time Messaging Protocol (or just RTMP) was developed for high-performance transfer of the video and audio streams and real-time data messages over the web. Real-time streaming is enabled by establishing a two-way connection between the Flash server and Flash player.
Adobe Flash Player is the most common RTMP client that supports video and audio playback. It is currently available as an open-source specification for development of products and technology that delivers video streams in the formats of AMF, SWF, FLV and F4V (compatible with Adobe Flash Player formats) and audio in AAC and MP3.

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