The official app for Ustream, one of the largest live-streaming platforms on the Web, makes it easy to watch video feeds of live events from your mobile device. More than that, though, the app lets you use your device's camera to record, stream, and share video content of your own.
Even without a Ustream account, you can open the app up and start watching live video streams or previously recorded content. The Home page shows you featured videos, as well as lists of upcoming, recent, and currently live streams, and from there, you can easily search for a specific Ustreamer or browse through content organized by category. All of the controls are really intuitive, and it's easy to zip around among streams. While you're watching a stream, it's also easy to participate in the live chat or share a video via Android's share menu.
While you're browsing through different users, sharing a Ustreamer channel or adding one to your Favorites list is a snap on an Android phone, thanks to the tiny drop-down menu under each user's avatar. Unfortunately, though, on Android tablets, this drop-down doesn't exist, so these same operations requires a few more taps.
What makes Ustream special is its unique mix of content. A good portion of it is professionally broadcasted by sources like CBS News, MTV, and NASA, while the rest is from smaller organizations, blogs, celebrities, and regular individuals like us. So, as you jump around from channel to channel, you could find yourself watching anything from a live broadcast of a photography class, to a pay-per-view sporting event, to a Webcam of a regular Joe playing video games in his basement. The common thread, of course, is that all of the content is either broadcasted live or recorded from a previous live broadcast.