Facebook now shows Apple’s Live photos

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook adds support for Apple Live Photos feature.

New York: The latest iPhones come with the ability to turn still images into video — just like magic — but sharing options had been limited to other Apple apps. The technology giant announced that the Facebook app on Apple’s iOS operating system will now be able to “share and experience” the moving image, though only a small number of global users will be part of the initial rollout.

The technology, which is built into the camera of the current generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, captures the one second of movement either side of a photo being taken on the device, and then creates a short animation – with audio – that appears when users press and hold on the still photo. Mac computer users running OS X El Capitan – the latest version of Apple’s desktop software – are also able to view Live Photos on their computers. For instance, you can snap a shot of your kid blowing out birthday candles — and get video showing the flame going out as everyone sings “Happy Birthday.” The phone automatically records video in the background when the camera app is open. According to statistics from November, more than 1.39 billion people now use Facebook on a mobile device, and it’s estimated that nearly 36,000 images are uploaded to the site every minute.

Why this matters: Even though Live Photos debuted with the iPhone 6s back in September, it’s taken third-party apps a few months to fully integrate them into their services. Now that Facebook has jumped into the fray, we suspect that support for Live Photos should be arriving shortly to other Facebook apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

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