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Facebook Introduces 360 Photos

Facebook is rolling out 360 photos for users to include in their New Feeds.  

With either a 360 degree app on your phone, 360 cameras or panorama shots, users can now share photos that their friends can explore in the same way as they would 360 videos.  A 360 photo is identified by a compass symbol in the News Feed allowing friends to tap and drag the photo to view more of the shot. 


Facebook is also enabling users to explore Facebook 360 photos in virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR usable with it's Oculus headsets.

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  • Take a panorama on your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera.
  • Open the Facebook app and share the photo as you would any other photo: tap the status tool from the top of your Timeline or News Feed, select Photo/Video, choose the photo you want to share, and tap Post.
  • Once your photo is posted, look around in your photo — or any other 360 photo in News Feed that’s marked with the compass icon — by moving your phone or dragging with your finger. Tap on the photo to view it in full screen.
  • On Samsung Gear VR-compatible phones, you’ll see a button in the top left corner of your photo that says “View in VR.” If you tap on that button and insert your phone into your Gear VR headset, you can see your 360 photo in virtual reality.