I'm looking for an Android app that allows the user to discreetly record audio and video whilst simultaneously uploading to the internet. The app must also be easy to launch from a pocket, or, if it's impossible to bypass the lock screen, then at the very least, recording should involve a single button press. This could be uploaded either as a live stream (which is accessible later), or perhaps uploaded in 10-second chunks to somewhere like Google Drive or Dropbox. At the least, it would upload once the recording was stopped, but I'm sure there must be a way of doing this live.
I'm thinking of extreme situations in which people need to secure themselves from criminals/the police with documentary evidence, even in the event that the perpetrator attempts to steal their phone or destroy the recording.
In 2015 there was some hype around an app called 'Hands Up 4 Justice', which was supposed to automatically upload recorded footage to Dropbox. It appears from the reviews though that it never really made it past the idea stage, and that it didn't upload footage as advertised. For the most part, it seems that this app simply doesn't work. One neat feature of Hands Up 4 Justice is that the screen goes black during a recording, allowing people to place their phone face up on their dashboard and record through the front facing camera discreetly.
Given that this app never really worked as advertised, I'm wondering if alternatives are available. I don't mind paying for the service. Beyond an initial test, I would hope never to have to use it. But for some people in dangerous situations around the world, being able to use such an app and (truthfully) claim that a perpetrator's actions are being irreversibly recorded as evidence could diffuse a situation. In addition, being able to discreetly launch a recording using hardware buttons from the user's pocket (even though the video would be black in this case) could provide crucial evidence in some situations.
Another app I've tried is 'Upload Cam'. However, this only uploads after recording is complete, it can't be launched discreetly, and it makes a loud noise when starting a recording which can't be turned off.
Yes, there are ethical issues with regards to recording discreetly. And yes, uploading via 3G is costly and slow. I would expect video quality to be adjusted depending on the available bandwidth. And I know that not every Android device will allow you to launch programs using hardware buttons without unlocking. But for those devices that can, an app like this could save lives.