Facebook takes Messenger to new height with 360 Degree Photos and Video

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Credit: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/04/with-360-degree-photos-and-hd-quality-video-messenger-gets-even-more-visual/

360 photos and HD videos are ways to go these days—and your favorite Messenger app has just been upgraded to offer you all that. The picture and video quality on the world’s largest messaging platform has been updated by Facebook. You can now start sending all your photos and videos in 30 and HD qualities—and that is the game changer.

The new feature works exact same way you have always known. You take a 360 photo, hold up your phone and spin around, and then send it to your friends via Messenger. You can then choose [if you like] to share your HD videos from your Newsfeed or the videos saved on your mobile phone.

Users, however, can only send and receive videos in 720p. What that means is that no joy for all those who are used to 1080p.

While 360 pictures are currently available globally, HD videos are currently only available Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the US on iOS and Android

To send and receive 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. Once done, you can share it in Messenger same way you would share a normal photo. “From there, we’ll 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.”

On the Messenger app, the 360 degree photos and HD videos can be identified compass icon on the right-hand side of a panoramic photo. You can also identify the videos with a HD or SD marker.

Facebook recently added a video-calling feature to Messenger Lite. This was done in order to bring the app almost at per with the main one. However, it is rather too early to start speculating if 360 degree photos and HD videos will be added to the app.

Despite being a lighter version of the original app, Messenger Lite boasts of some of the core features of the main one. Some users already preferred it to the main app as long as they are able to access the basic features. Designed basically for people with older Android devices, Lite now has even more reasons to start using it on your phone.

Adding a video chat feature to Messenger Lite is probably the smartest move ever. This will not only endear more hearts to the app, it will enable users to do or take part in those basic things they always wanted to do in a video chat app.

As a matter of fact, video chat continues to gain more ground every day—on Messenger, the feature had 17 billion video chats in 2017—and that is twice as many video chats in the year before.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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