If you’re still using Facebook Messenger, you can now send 360 degree photos and videos — in addition to 720p video — from the Android and iOS app.
“For 360 degree photos in Messenger, simply set your phone camera to panorama and snap a photo or capture a 360 degree photo using a 360 photo app or camera. Then share it in Messenger as you would a normal photo,” the company explains in an update.
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As the 360 media you capture isn’t reliant on Messenger but your phone’s default camera app, this feature might not be supported by all phones. This also applies to 720p videos.
If your device can capture panoramas and HD video clips though, Facebook claims it will “convert it to an immersive, envy-inducing photo that your friends and loved ones can experience on mobile by tapping and dragging the photo or by moving their phone, and on Messenger.com by clicking and dragging.”
The app will also mark 360 degree media with a “compass” icon, and 720p video with an “HD” marker.
While 360 degree content can be sent and received across the world, HD video is only supported in a handful of countries not including South Africa.
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