Facebook Announces A Dedicated App For Watching 360 ° Videos And Photos


Facebook has shown interest in virtual reality and 360 degree video by buying off Oculus in a $2 billion deal and by baking 360 ° video support on its app. The deal with virtual reality and 360 degree video is that they are very immersive since you tend to see around the subject, which is better than the 2 dimensional nature of regular photos and video.

Now today, Facebook is moving a notch higher in this department by introducing a new Facebook 360 app for Samsung Gear VR which is powered by Oculus. This will allow you to explore Facebook 360 ° photos and videos right within the app.

According to Facebook, there are over 25 million 360 photos and over a million 360 videos that have been posted on Facebook to date. This app will allow you to watch all content like this from what your friends are posting, discovering new content or 360 content you’ve saved.

It has four feeds: Explore which allows you to discover interesting or popular 360 content, Following where you see content from your friends or Pages you follow, Saved where you watch content you’ve saved from your News Feed and Timeline where you ‘relive memories’ on the app. In addition, you will be able to react to 360 photos or videos within the app and share them to Facebook.

Well now Facebook has taken watching 360 content on its platform a notch higher with the release of this new app. Although you can still view this content on the Facebook app, it is better when it is in VR mode since you can rotate your head about while locked in the system and that is the way to do it.