Continuing the idea that great visuals capture great attention and are considered the best way to add expression to your chats, Facebook today introduced the ability to send 360-degree photos in Messenger.
With 360-degree photos you can send panoramic photos, coveted ocean view from your hotel room or the way your new apartment looks – making the world your oyster in Messenger.
The company also rolled out the ability to share high definition quality videos straight to Messenger. Many smartphones capture videos with HD resolution, and now people on Messenger can send and receive HD quality, 720p videos straight from their camera roll.
To try out these new features, you need to first update your Messenger app to the latest version.
For 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. Then share it in Messenger as you would share a normal photo. From there, Facebook will convert it to an immersive, envy-inducing photo that your friends and loved ones can experience on their mobile device by tapping and dragging the photo or by moving their phone and on Messenger.com by clicking and dragging.
To share HD videos, you can either share a video saved on your phone from your newsfeed or from one message thread to another.
Both 360-degree photos and HD videos are easy to identify in Messenger. You will see a compass icon on the right-hand side of a panoramic photo. The videos will also be easily identifiable with a HD or SD marker. If you like, you can change the quality right from the marker on the lower right side in full screen mode.
360-degree photos in Messenger are globally on both iOS and Android. HD quality videos are available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US on iOS and Android.