September 21, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Everyone from celebrities to radio stations to bus drivers have used Ustream to broadcast themselves onto the web and into the home of thousands of users. Android device owners can now do the same thanks to the official Ustream Android app recently uploaded to the Android Market.
Ustream is a video streaming service that delivers feeds from webcams and now Android devices. The Ustream app can broadcast live content to the web over 3G or Wi-Fi, or it can record in offline mode and then upload to the Internet. Qik provides similar functions on Android, however Ustream claims that there is less lag in its videos. I haven’t been able to test the app to verify this claim; however, it would be a great way for Ustream to catch up to Qik’s early dominance in this arena if true. (Ustream currently works on Android 1.5 “Cupcake” only. I’m running Donut and unable to use the app yet.)
Ustream also includes support for GPS, interactive chat through Ustream or Twitter, and automatic tweets to announce when a user is going live or uploading a video.