21 December 2017
Facebook added support for 360-degree photos and videos last year which allows anyone to share 360-degree content on the platform. And now, it has announced the release of Facebook 360 app for Gear VR which will make it easier for users to find all the 360-degree content and watch the ones they like.
In the official blog post, Facebook said that it currently has over a million 360-degree videos and more than 25 million 360-degree photos which is definitely a lot of content to browse. The app will allow users to watch 360-degree content from their friends and pages they like/follow as well as from big companies and content creators.
The Facebook 360 app for Gear VR has four main menus:
- Explore: Discover some of the most interesting and popular 360 content on Facebook from media companies, organizations and individual creators.
- Following: Experience 360 content that your friends have posted on Facebook as well as 360 content from Pages and people you follow.
- Saved: Find all the 360 content you’ve saved from News Feed ready for you to enjoy at a more convenient time.
- Timeline: Relive your memories in a new way through your own 360 photo and video uploads.
As you can see that the app is quite simple with nothing too fancy or complex. All you need is a Gear VR and a compatible smartphone for diving into the world of 360-degree videos and photos. The app is free to use and can be downloaded either from the Oculus app or by visiting the Oculus website.