Facebook had started rolling out 360 degree videos on its news feeds since September. The feature is now extended to iOS devices as well as Gear VR headsets.
The 360 degree video feature was previously limited to Android and the web. Facebook has tied up with several media partners for content. iOS users can now view 360-degree videos from channels like ABC News, Apple Daily (Taiwan), BuzzFeed, FOX's Scream Queens, Frontline, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, New Orleans Saints, and Nickelodeon.
360 degree video feature allows you to move your device around to change your view of a particular scene and lets you drag your finger around the screen to change angles.
Facebook also revealed that it is launching a new 360 video microsite that gives information to users as well as FAQ's on other details. It will also introduce a optional video control setting for Pages uploading 360 video on Facebook. Page owners and Page admins will have the ability to edit the initial camera position and vertical field of view before uploading their 360 videos which gives page owners more control in the post-production stages.
Along with iOS, 360 degree video support is also coming to Samsung's Gear VR headset. Facebook is making it easier to upload the 360-vidoe from consumer cameras, including those from theta, Giroptic and IC Real Tech. The Videos can also be shared using native mobile apps. Starting today, Facebook will start testing 360-degree ad videos from AT&T, Cortana, Nescafe, Samsung and Disney.