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Update 3: Live on YouTube is back, more than two weeks after it debuted and almost immediately vanished. The description still says it's only for the Xperia Z2, but we have no way of confirming that, so your mileage may vary.

Update 2: ...aaaaaaand it's gone.

Update: Commenters who own the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z2, as well as the previous-generation Z1, have said that their phones are listed as incompatible. Perhaps Sony has published the app before it was ready, or simply made an error with the compatibility assignments. Thanks for letting us know, folks.

We've looked high and low, and even a little bit laterally, and we couldn't find an Android app that lets you broadcast a live video stream directly to YouTube. There are plenty of apps that will let you do so on other services, but so far you need a full computer to publish straight to Google's gigantic video box. Until now: Sony just released the Live on YouTube app to the Play Store.

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There's just one major drawback: the app is called "Live on YouTube - by Xperia." As in only for Xperia devices. According to the description, the app was specifically designed for the new flagship, the Xperia Z2, and some of our readers with older Xperia phones say they can't install it. To use the app you'll need to enable "Live events" in your YouTube Features page. Sony notes that the app isn't available in Germany (those Germans are serious about privacy) and other countries where YouTube itself isn't available.

Okay, Z2 owners, go out there and start livestreaming events. But not movies or plays or concerts or major league sports or anything with copyrighted music playing in the background. Unless you own the rights, in which case, go nuts. For all five of you left reading this, have fun.

Thanks to Muhammad for some quick testing!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Aravind Arsenal

    So if someone manages to port the apk,we can't use it on no other phones(nexus 5)?

    • Justin W

      I'm sure someone'll create a workaround.

      • http://patrollpl.tk/ Cadence

        Life always finds a way

    • SkyS1gn

      I would say no cause its part of the Xperia camera.

  • Sam Mckenzie

    Rubbish, it's not even compatible with my Xperia Z1... I mean, c'mon Sony!

  • Emin Jasarevic

    "This app is incompatible with all of your devices." .. Z2 and Z2 Tablet among others.

    • Emin Jasarevic

      APK anyone?

    • ash

      That's why it has 0 downloads

      • Emin Jasarevic

        The download counter is updated once a day, so that didn't matter yesterday.

  • Jephri

    Still bummed Tmobile isnt selling this...

  • Michael Rock

    Yeah Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet, both not compatible.

  • http://youtube.com/user/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

    Maybe the app is not published to the Play Store properly yet.

  • Toni Junior

    Not compatible my Z1 :'(

  • SkyS1gn

    "Broadcast your video LIVE to the world on YouTube using your Xperia Z2."

    Its not even compatible with my Z2.... DAFUQ?!

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  • http://twitter.com/norti norti

    It's removed now from the Play Store, so it wasn't ready for primetime I think :)

  • https://soundcloud.com/goodvibestribe a.d.AM

    You'd think google would be all over an app like this.

  • abobobilly

    I don't get it. Exclusive to Z2 ... is that good?

    • Joshua Hill

      Works on my Z1 compact and other Xperia owners are reporting it works on their devices too.

  • Anas Azeem

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand its back but still i am unable to install it on my Xperia Z2. It says "The item you were attempting to purchase could not be found".

  • Luis Medina

    Confirmed working on a Z1 with 4.4.2

    • Joshua Hill

      You have to go to youtube.com/features and enable live streaming which requires an account verification process.

      • Luis Medina

        Thanks a lot! It's working fine now! :D

  • Jephri

    There are comments from 2 weeks ago in this thread... How?

  • Leos

    It´s asking for permissions to read, edit and delete, all my gmail mails? WTF?

    • Leos

      I have a Xperia Z1.. no problem with install...