It’s no secret that Facebook wants to expand its activities well over the traditional social network foundation it sits on. Since its purchase of Oculus VR in 2014, Facebook’s mission has been to make the world more open and more connected, banking on virtual reality’s potential. When introducing VR, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had stated: “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.” Today, Facebook announced the release of Facebook 360 for Gear VR, an app dedicated to achieving just that.
With more than 25 million 360 photos and more than 1 million 360 videos posted on Facebook to date, there’s no shortage of content to view in 360. The app now allows you to dive fully into the immersive experience, catching up on your friends’ 360 photos and videos or discovering new ones to enjoy.
The app is refreshingly easy to navigate, splitting content into four feeds: Explore, Following, Saved and Timeline. As the names suggest, Explore allows you to discover some of the most interesting and popular 360 content on Facebook, while Following introduces you to 360 content posted by your friends or Pages and people you follow. Saved lets you find all the 360 content you’ve saved from News Feed to view at your convenience, while Timeline is where you’ll find all of your own memories posted in 360.
For now, the app is only compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, 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. Facebook does have plans to bring this app to more platforms over time, although there are no details on that yet.