YouTube makes it easier to livestream directly from your browser

Smartphones will also have live YouTube access in the months ahead.

YouTube has a new way to lure you away from broadcasting on services like Twitch: make it as easy as possible. The service has launched a feature that lets you livestream directly from your web browser with virtually no effort. You'll need to use Chrome for now (other browsers are coming), but you won't need anything else beyond your webcam and the few seconds it takes to snap a thumbnail photo. And if you'd prefer to go live on your phone, it'll be easier there in the future.

The company is teasing an option to livestream on YouTube directly from the camera apps on certain phones from ASUS, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. It should be available in the "coming months," and more manufacturers are on the way. If all goes according to plan, YouTube may the de facto streaming option for many people simply due to ubiquity. Why start a live show on Twitch when you can reach YouTube in a matter of seconds?