Facebook lets small groups of users share their iPhones' Live Photos


Live Photos is a feature currently exclusive to Apple's latest and greatest – the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. What it does is each time you take a picture, it also records a few frames before and a few frames after the actual shot and records sound to boot. The pictures can still be opened in the Photos gallery and viewed as still images, but if you are to physically press on the iPhone 6s' force-sensitive display, the still image will quickly transform into a very short clip using all the frames that the phone took in secret while you were just making a photo.

And yes, the concept has existed in apps before, but this is the first time we see it natively baked into iOS. Unfortunately, being exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iOS 9 makes it a bit tough to share your favorite Live Photos with your friends. You are limited to emailing them, as 3rd party apps are yet to catch up.

A few weeks ago, Tumblr was the first media to announce support for Apple's moving pictures. Uploading photos is done like one normally would, it's just that Live Photos will now be identified by the signature circular icon when browsed in the Tumblr gallery. iPhone 6s users can press on them to view the live clip, while users of older Apple hardware have to tap and hold to view the moving photos (as long as their device is running on iOS 9, of course).

Now, Facebook has announced support for the feature as well. If you don't have it yet – fret not, as the update will be rolled out incrementally. Apparently, Facebook prefers to unlock the new function for users in consecutive waves, instead of enabling it for everyone at once.

If you are curious whether you can post your Live Photos or not – here's how to know for sure. Start a new “Photo” post and choose one of the Live Photos from your gallery. Once the picture is picked, but you haven't posted it yet, check the lower-right corner of the post's preview. If it has a “Live” button, which can be toggled on or off – you're golden. If not, you will have to wait some more time, probably well into early 2016.

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3 Comments

1. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

poor htc and htc zoe ;(

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

PA should create an article that include all phones that have the Live Photo concept

3. slavytodorov

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Did you know that, when set as lockscreen wallpapers, the resolution of Live Photos is dramatically reduced? This really puts me off, Apple, so no kudos here.

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