Messenger in its latest update gets more visual features as Facebook now allow users to express themselves with more visual emotions as they can now send and receive 360–degree photos and HD quality video.
While this is an upgrade to Messenger’s existing capabilities to send photos, videos, stickers and GIFs that makes these features more richer and better with the new 360 -degree and panoramic photos sharing ability.
“We’re also launching 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,” wrtoe Facebook.
In order to share 360-degree photos you need to first capture them using a separate 360 photo app or a specialized 360–degree camera, or simply set your phone camera to panorama and snap a photo. Then, share it just like you normally would a photo.
360-degree photos are identifiable with a compass icon on the right-hand side of a panoramic photos as you would see in the regular Facebook app. The recipient can experience these immersive-inducing photos by clicking or tapping and dragging on Messenger.com and on mobile phone.
That’s not all, Messenger also gets update to its previously supported 720p resolution videos to now 1080p or greater high definition (HD) video quality. Many of the latest smartphones are even capable of shooting 4K videos now a days.
High definition videos will carry familiar “HD” marker on the lower right-hand corner.
To share an HD video, you can either use videos saved on your phone, or from newsfeed, or even you can share a video from a message thread to another. Users can also toggle between HD and SD by tapping the marker.
Try them out by first updating your Messenger app to the latest version. Both these updates to Messenger are now available worldwide on iOS and Android.
In addition, Facebook also rolled out the ability that give users in the US to know more about the publishers and articles they see in their News Feed.
Facebook also now provide people with more context to decide what to read, trust and share. As they can now easily see context about an article, including “publisher’s Wikipedia entry, related articles on the same topic, information about how many times an article has been shared on Facebook, where it is has been shared, as well as an option to follow publisher’s page,” facebook wrote.
In some cases where a publishers’ Wikipedia entry isn’t available, a indication will display that the information is unavailable.
Two additional new features offering readers with more context are added as well, including:
- More From This Publisher, give user a quick snapshot of the other recent stories posted by the publisher
- Shared By Friends, will show people any of their friends who have shared the article
Lastly, a new test to find if readers find it easier to evaluate the credibility of an article with provided information about the article’s author is started in the US.
“People in this test will be able to tap an author’s name in Instant Articles to see additional information, including a description from the author’s Wikipedia entry, a button to follow their Page or Profile, and other recent articles they’ve published,” wrote Facebook.
Publishers’ must implement an “author tags” on their website to associate author’s Page or Profile to the article byline. And, the publisher must also get validated their association to the publisher in order to get this information display.
Watch this video demonstrating these new features: