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Google invented live-streaming video for the masses back in 2011.
It was presented as a feature of Google+, but was really all about YouTube. Called Hangouts On Air, the idea was to live-stream video with up to 10 participants. Unlike regular Hangouts, Hangouts On Air could turn a video chat into a public performance. Hangouts On Air streams could be instantly shared, meaning that you could share it while the video was in progress. After the live stream ended, the video was posted on YouTube for posterity.
There was just one problem: Hangouts On Air was desktop-only, not mobile. As we learned later, the ability to live stream from a phone is the killer feature for live videos.
Fast forward to last week, and Google has finally rolled out what they're calling YouTube mobile live streaming. The live-streaming feature will be built directly into the regular YouTube app.
Here's why YouTube live mobile video changes everything: