Messenger Now Converts Your Panoramic Shots to 360-Degree Images

April 5, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It took over two years for Facebook to carry forward one of its alluring photo-shoot feature from the social networking app to its messaging platform. Messenger is finally getting updated with a new feature that will let users capture and share 360-degree images through their app.

To capture 360-degree shots, users will have to set the panorama mode while shooting, and images will automatically be converted to 360-degree images once shot. The images can be shared like any other images to all your contacts, and they will be able to view them in 360-degree format.

If viewing through the app, the images can be viewed by simply moving around your phone like you would do with any normal 360-degree image. Desktop users can view the entire content by dragging across the image using the mouse. The latter would be less convenient, as 360-degrees are always best viewed in phones or wearables.

Faebook had introduced similar feature in its parenting app two years back. The feature was expected to be arriving in Messenger shortly after its launch in Facebook, but the apparent focus on Snapchat-emulation has kept the feature off the bay over this period.

In addition to 360-degree image capture and sharing, Facebook is also adding support for HD videos sharing inside Messenger. However, videos will be limited to 720p HD, and not Full HD, i.e. 1080p. The logic would be to limit the data bandwidth, but given that videos shared aren’t that lengthy, Messenger should have considered adding support for bigger resolution videos.

The 360-degree support is being released globally and will be available in all regions. As with HD support, the feature is limited to the markets of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

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