Facebook Announces Live Audio, For Areas With Poor Connectivity
After a success in video broadcasting, Facebook has now turned its attention to ‘live audio.’ Facebook on Monday, 20 th December 2016, announced that it would begin the ‘testing phase’ for the next few weeks. Facebook will be working with ‘partners’ such as BBC World Service, LBC, Harper Collins and authors Adam Grant and Britt Bennett.
This new tool of Facebook will allow the users to stream ‘live video’ on the social network.
Product specialist Shirley Ip and software engineer Bhavana Radhakrishnan of Facebook said, “We know that sometimes publishers want to tell a story on Facebook with words and not video.”
Audio-streaming option is useful in areas having bad network connectivity. Just like with live video, listeners can – discover ‘live audio’ content in the News Feed, comment and react in real-time and share the broadcasts (you find) with friends/audience.
People using Android devices can continue listening to ‘live audio’ even if they lock their phones or exit the Facebook App. While on iOS, you can only listen while browsing the Facebook.