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Facebook Launched It's First Real VR App for 360 Photos and Videos

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, March 13, 2017

Facebook launched its first dedicated app for watching 360-degree videos, Facebook 360. However, it’s at present only available on the Samsung Gear VR, but it’s probably just the first of such apps to be released.

To clear things out, the app doesn’t let you browse your News Feed or do other regular Facebook activities like chatting. It focuses solely on videos found on Facebook. However, with “more than 25 million 360 photos” and “more than 1 million 360 videos,” that should keep you busy.

The Video is split up into four sections:

The Explore section lets you check out interesting and popular content from throughout the social network
The Following section features videos from your friends and pages you follow
The Saved section collects the video contents you’ve saved
The Timeline section is the personal save for your own 360 uploads
You’ll also have the option to Like/react to the videos, as well as save or share them.

Also, it’s not yet clear whether you can watch standard, non-360 video with the app. Because, it will be very annoying and inconvenience to have to remove your VR headset and open up the traditional Facebook app just to watch other non-360 video’s you’ve saved. Facebook have been contacted for the clarification for that. 

Moreover, don’t forget that you could already watch 360 video GearVR through the Oculus Video app, but Facebook 360 seems to give a more structured solution to video discovery. This also puts Facebook video front and center, instead of being mixed up with content from other services.

This is just one of the latest moves in Facebook’s unyielding march towards becoming your main source for video. The company recently announced and released dedicated video apps for streaming devices like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and is now even auto-playing videos on your Smartphones with sound.

So to download the VR app, just open the Oculus app on your Gear VR and search for Facebook 360. Install it after downloading it, and then try to use it to watch 360 videos.



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