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When Sony debuted the Live on YouTube app last month, we wondered if compatibility would extend backwards to some other high-end Sony phones. The time is now, Sony smartphone owners... at least if you own one of three very specific models. Last year's flagship the Xperia Z1, its slightly smaller brother the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the high-powered Xperia ZL2 (which is only available in some Asian markets at the moment), all have access to the app as of now.

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Wait, where exactly is the phone in this situation? Up a tree?

The Live On YouTube app is, so far, the only straightforward way to stream from Android directly to a live stream on YouTube. To use it you'll have to enable LIVE in your YouTube settings panel, and there are some fairly obvious restrictions, like not streaming live movies or concerts. Basically, anything you're likely to get flagged for with a pre-recorded video isn't allowed. On the plus side, the app allows you to switch between front-facing and rear cameras, and you can see how many people are watching at any moment, along with the likes and dislikes.

We can't tell if the T-Mobile variant Xperia Z1S has access to Live On YouTube - carrier-modified phones sometimes fall through the cracks. If anyone can try it out, drop us a line in the comments.

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.

  • http://hugehog.blogspot.com/ Herman

    Or more interestingly for the Xperia Z1 (and Compact as well according to the commenters):
    The Xperia Z1 got a mod to enable Stereo speakers!


  • Guest

    "ZL2" Why do you mock us like that :(, there is no ZL2.

  • Ibrahim Yusuf

    I tried it on my Xperia Z1 Compact and it didn't work for me. I always get the error message "Could not create a Live Event on Youtube" even though on youtube it did get created.
    I tried lowering the resolution and making the event public, no luck.

  • josuearisty

    Is there a modded apk for all phones?