Facebook is adding support for 360-degree photos soon


Few months ago Facebook introduced support for 360-degree videos in your Newsfeed. A recent report from the social media giant shows support for 360-degree photos will be coming soon.

This will enable you to be able to take a panoramic photo sphere on your phone and then upload it to Facebook. In addition to that users will also be able to use 360-degree cameras such as Samsung’s Gear 360 or Ricoh’s Theta S to take those shots too. After the shots are made, to view the photo you will have to either tilt your phone around to get the full view, or by using your mouse cursor or finger to drag it around to explore the environment (Watch Google brings its interactive 360 degree “spotlight stories”). This new feature is expected to be available within the next few weeks and will make uploading 360 or panoramic images from a smartphone or 360-degree camera easier.

For users who would love to view the 360 degree photos with their VR headset, Facebook will include a new photos section to the Oculus app so users can get the full experienceyou can go ahead and strap your Gear VR on to get the full immersion. “We’ve been beta-testing 360 photos internally for awhile now,” says Eugene Wei, head of video for Oculus. “It’s a lot of fun. You get to share where you are; the story of your life with other people.”

Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.

Panoramic photography also known as wide-angle photography is a technique that captures a much wider perspective of the landscape into a photo. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Photo-finishers and manufacturers of Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras use the word “panoramic” to define any print format with a wide aspect ratio, not necessarily photos that encompass a large field of view.

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