Twitter Debuts Live 360-Degree Videos
Twitter and Periscope plan to let broadcasters push live 360-degree video to followers on the two social networks. Twitter sees the real-time, 360-degree video as yet another way for people to interact with personalities and publishers. Such videos will be marked with a "live 360" badge so people will know what type of video it is. The live video will be available to anyone to watch, and people will be able to view the video without dedicated 360-degree or VR headsets; instead, a tool allows people to pan around with their phone or drag the content around on the the screen. Twitter is limiting the number of broadcasters that are allowed to push live 360-degree video for now. A registration page for interested broadcasters is available on Periscope's web site.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Periscope Adds Search and Saving Tools
May 9, 2016
Periscope today detailed forthcoming changes that will make it easier to find and save video broadcasts. First, Periscope will improve search by making it possible to browse live broadcasts via categories as well as via keywords.
Periscope for iOS Lets You Draw On Your Live Video
Apr 29, 2016
Periscope users can now sketch on the screen during live broadcasts. Periscope added the feature in a recent update to the app, which it says "provides a new way to express yourself while broadcasting." The tool, which requires a long-press to access, lets users draw in red, green, or blue, or use a dropper to sample a color from the video.
Periscope Adds Landscape Video
Sep 10, 2015
Periscope today updated its Android and iOS applications with support for landscape video capture and playback. Before today's update, Periscope videos needed to be shot in portrait orientation.
Facebook Trots Out Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR
Mar 8, 2017
Facebook today announced Facebook 360 for Gear VR, a dedicated app to help Samsung device owners find and consume 360-degree Facebook content. The app is available to compatible Galaxy devices, such as the Note 5, S7, and S7 edge.