The Essential Phone is now capable of streaming 360-degree video to Facebook live. The company has sent out a camera software update for the handset that enables it to stream live 360-degree video to the world’s largest social network from the native camera app. However, in order to do this, Essential Phone owners need to have the Essential 360 Camera module as well. This won’t be possible without it.

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This functionality has been enabled with the camera software update that Essential Phone has rolled out. It requires no additional software or configuration. The ability to stream 360-degree video live to Facebook becomes available as soon as the Essential 360 Camera is attached to the handset’s magnetic accessory port at the back.

Attaching the camera brings up the camera app. Users will find the 360-degree Live option in the 360 mode. They have to tap on the red “Live” button to first log into the Facebook account and grant permissions for posting to their account. After the initial configuration process, users will be authenticated automatically for future streams.

Once that’s done, users can choose the reach of their broadcasts. The options include Only me, Friends, Friends of Friend, and Public. It’s also possible to assign a custom description to the live stream.

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