Live.ly

Live.ly 3.3

Does Live.ly hit the right mark?

A real time video streaming platform, live.ly - live video streaming has been developed by the same peopled who brought us musical.ly. You can use the app to begin a live.ly broadcast to anyone who subscribes to you, such as your fans, family and friends. The service even allows you to have interactions in real time with people who are watching you, so there are many possible applications. What's more – the whole software package is free to download. View full description

PROS

  • High quality streaming
  • Share your ideas visually at an instant's notice
  • Find and make a network of fans

CONS

  • Requires you to enter a phone number
  • Some latency issues depending on location

A real time video streaming platform, live.ly - live video streaming has been developed by the same peopled who brought us musical.ly. You can use the app to begin a live.ly broadcast to anyone who subscribes to you, such as your fans, family and friends. The service even allows you to have interactions in real time with people who are watching you, so there are many possible applications. What's more – the whole software package is free to download.

An overview of the services offered by Live.ly

In short, this app allows you to broadcast a particular moment in your life to your real world acquaintances and friends. As such, you could use it to show people where you are in the world, whilst undertaking a road trip for example - rather like sharing a photograph only with a real time video. Alternatively, you might use it to talk to family members like a Facetime call, but with multiple people able to see what you are doing and saying all at the same time. That means you can use it for a variety of purposes, such as doing a sales presentation, a webinar or even putting on a live performance, such as a gig or magic show. Essentially, this handy app allows you to present your talent or to share a one-off experience to the whole community of friends you know. Rather than sharing things with people after they have happened, such as posting a video to a social media platform, live.ly - live video streaming means you can do so as it happens, in moment by moment real time.

User interface and reliability

Designed for use with Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, this software requires a device that is running with iOS version 8.0 or higher. Once the app has been downloaded without cost, it is then possible to search for people you know. With the updated 2.3 version of the app, this has become simpler and all you need to do is to access the 'search friends' feature. Here, you will be able to locate friends and other users of live.ly - live video streaming by searching for their user name. If you are looking for a web broadcast from your contacts, as opposed to conducting one yourself, then current live streams by your friends appear on the 'streams' screen. You can choose to follow or ignore these, depending on your own preferences. One of the big plus points of the software is that it reliably allows you to engage with your contacts with messages and feedback that is given in real time. You can even receive virtual gifts from your super fans! Although the 'live' nature of the app is likely to be one of its most appealing factors, users can also message and contact you in ways that you can pick up on later. The software requires 41 MB of free space to download fully.

Conclusion

This app does exactly what you would expect of it and is a great way of communicating visually with multiple parties all over the world. It supports many languages including English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, so really does function globally.

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