Mar 09, 2017

Facebook launches Oculus-powered virtual reality app

BYPankaj Mishra

In a bid to make 360-degree photos and videos more immersive and easier to discover, Facebook has launched a new virtual reality app called Facebook 360 for Samsung Gear VR headset. The app is powered by Oculus.
To download the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR, open the Oculus app on your Gear VR-compatible Samsung device and search for Facebook 360 or visit the Oculus site to get started.
“With more than 25 million 360 photos and more than one million 360 videos posted on Facebook to date, there’s plenty of great content to discover in Facebook 360. The app is a one-stop shop for catching up on what you may have missed from your friends and others you follow, diving into the 360 photos and videos you’ve saved, and finding something new to enjoy,” Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The app will feature four feeds — explore, following, saved and timeline.
Users can also react to 360-degree photos and videos and share them on Facebook, with more social features coming soon.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.