Any serious development of video streaming apps for Android faces the lack of available tools as soon as anything comes beyond the narrow limits of standard functionality. This is a wide-spread practice when big software companies try to provide ready-to-use solutions making their users more dependent on their products and leaving no place for any further creative extension. Fortunately, there are still open sources for Android, and independent developers can rely on their peers, who have already overcame the mentioned above limits of the standard functionality and are able to share their advanced tools through external functionally-rich streaming libraries.
Before starting any development project for Android video streaming, you should consider the following key points:
1. Every platform, including Android, has a standard API for a certain set of streaming protocols. For Android, they are RTSP and HLS.
2. Built-in streaming protocols usually provide limited functionality and are not usable in many specific cases. Besides, it means that all those who use these protocols will have very close set of functions in their software products, so if you wish to make your product any different from the other video streaming Android apps, you need to consider and use something else.
3. Built-in streaming protocol can’t be extended. That’s one more reason to leave them behind.
4. Finally, the worst part of it is that you depend on a clumsy update mechanism. Say, if you notice a bug in a built-in streaming protocol, then it’s not possible to fix it in general. It could be fixed only in the next Android OS update, but as we all know, a certain phone may never receive this update.
5. As it’s been mentioned above, there is a way out of this problem. If a standard library can’t meet your project requirements, it is a time to pay attention to external streaming libraries, developed with taking into account peculiarities of certain protocols and Android operating system. Such an external streaming library, specific for a certain streaming protocol, is much more functional and flexible.
6. External streaming library can be easily upgraded by adding new functionality reflecting peculiarities of your specific task. Just update your app in Google Play Store, and all your clients will get the latest functionality. By this way you can respond to the changing market demands in a faster and more adequate way.
7. External streaming library can be easily fixed if a new bug is found. No need to wait for someone else, now you are able to keep control over the code.
8. All the mentioned above advantages can be easily related to VASTreaming streaming libraries for Android. Moreover, they are very light-weight, robust and reliable.
9. VASTreaming libraries are optimized for RTMP, RTSP, and HLS protocols so that you can make the most of their features providing your apps with smooth streaming under Android.
10. VASTreaming team offers various supporting libraries for easy integration of their streaming libraries. Among such supporting functionality, you can find media capturing, encoding, decoding, playing, writing to a file, and reading from a file.
11. Extensive support for developers and quick-to-help service to answer any question arises while the VASTreaming library use. You can get even a full-scale supervising over the integration of streaming libraries into your projects.
In fact, the standard libraries for Android should not cover all possible functional nuances of video streaming. That’s not the point of their use. Standard libraries are only for standard functions of standard apps. If video streaming is your profession, you are in need of professional tools, which would stand you aside from the crowd. VASTreaming streaming libraries for Android are tools of this kind.