Sunday 17 December 2017

Facebook testing live video sharing and photo collages


Emma Clark

Facebook is testing out two new features on iOS, one that will let users live stream videos and another that organises photos and video into collages.

Soon, you may be able to share live footage from your night out or the concert you are at rather than having to record it and upload it later.

Facebook is testing out the ability to share live videos, though it's starting with a small percentage of iPhone users in the U.S. Those selected can share live video, write a small description of what's being broadcast, and then choose the audience that they want to share the experience with.

During a broadcast, streamers will see the number of live viewers, names of friends tuning in, and any posted comments. The video will then be saved to your timeline for others to enjoy if they missed your live broadcast.

Live videos will show up in your news feed. If someone particularly noteworthy embraces streaming, you can tap the Subscribe button to get a notification when they go live in future.

Facebook is also adding support for photo collages. Using this feature, users can group pictures and videos into a tiled collage. If available to you, you can tap on the Photos section of the Facebook app to see recent moments from your camera roll organised into collages based on when and where they were taken. You can, of course, add, remove, or rearrange photos and videos included in a collage.

Collages and live video are only available to selected users on iPhone at the moment. The features are expected to land on Android early next year.

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