Make panoramas great again: Facebook 360 photos roll out

We’ve covered it last month, but Facebook has finally started a worldwide rollout of its 360 Photos feature.

The feature allows users to upload their panoramas or 360 photos to the social network as if it were a normal photo, with users then able to tilt their phone around to view the shot.

Of course, those with an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset can simply look around to view the 360 snaps.

“360 photos are easy to identify in News Feed: just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360 photo on mobile by tapping and dragging the photo or by moving your phone, and on the web by clicking and dragging,” the network said in a post.

Facebook also shed light on user cases, such as hiking through a national park, celebrating a wedding or wandering through a museum.

The network added that brands, organisations and public figures would be able to take advantage of 360 Photos, such as musicians during a live performance or astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Unfortunately, while 360 Photos are available to view via Android, iOS and the web, the ability to upload your own snaps isn’t available just yet.

“Over the next few days we’ll be rolling out the ability to share your own 360 photos on Facebook,” the social network explained.

Aside from being able to use your smartphones, Facebook will also support dedicated 360 cameras, such as the Ricoh Theta S, Samsung Gear 360 and Sphericam 2. One notable omission is LG’s 360 Cam, but it’s early days yet…



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