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Ever since Apple introduced Live Photos as a means of showcasing the new 3D Touch technology in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, we expected third-party app developers to start working on support for Live Photos within their own ecosystems. And now one of the biggest names in the social media game has jumped on board, because your Live Photos can now been pressed and held in Facebook.

When you go to upload a picture from your iPhone through the Facebook app, peep the bottom-right corner of the image where it says “Live.” That’ll make it so that you upload the Live Photos version of your image and not just the still. As you swipe your way through your News Feed, if you see a picture from one of your friends with the “Live” concentric circle icon, you can do the press and hold thing like how you would in your regular photo viewer to get the Live Photos version playing.

This feature is only being rolled out to a “small group of users” for the time being and the global rollout will continue through to the end of next year. The other catch is that support for Live Photos is only within the iOS app and only if you’re on an Apple device running at least iOS 9. This means that you don’t need an iPhone 6s to view the Live Photos, necessarily, but it does mean that people on Android or desktop are still left with just our non-animated pictures.

Given this new support in Facebook and the added support in Tumblr a couple of weeks ago, I imagine it won’t be long before other heavy hitters like Instagram and Twitter jump on board with Live Photo love too.


Via iPhone in Canada and The Verge

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