Facebook is dishing out a new and exciting way for its users to share their much-loved photos and videos via the platform.
Through the new handy feature dubbed Slideshow, users now can create their mini-movies with the use of their stored media — their photos and videos.
"We all know that people love to snap photos and share what they've been up to on the weekends, whether it's a family gathering, a road trip with friends, or even an epic brunch," said Facebook, as shared by TechCrunch. "[T]his fun new feature will let you stitch together those special photos into a format that captures the spirit of the event."
Only For iOS Devices
Android users of the Facebook app should not get their hopes up, though, as the new feature is being rolled out only iOS users across the globe.
There's no mention yet from the company as to when it plans to push this functionality out across all platforms.
How To Create Mini-Movies Through Slideshow
Users of the Facebook iOS app have two ways to make their own Slideshows:
Option 1: Once users have taken more than five photos or videos in the last 24 hours, the app will show off a preview of a particular slideshow right at the top of their News Feed. This can be seen in "What's on your mind?" box as soon as users launch the app.
Users have the option to pick and remove the videos or photos they do not want to be included in the mini-movie. They will then need to choose a particular theme, put in a title, tag some friends and hit publish.
At the moment, users can select from 10 themes, such as Playful, Birthday, Nostalgic, Night Out, Thankful, Epic, Amped, Bollywood, Inspired and Tropical. The company promised that it will soon add more themes and music down the line so users will have even more options to choose from.
Option 2: Facebook will provide users the option to "Try It" when they are watching one of their friends' Slideshows in the News Feed.
Feature To Rival Google And Apple's Offerings
This Slideshow movie-maker feature packed into the app is viewed as Facebook's response to take on Google and Apple's offerings.
Google has already rolled out its Assistant, which can also instantly create mini movies. Apple, on the other hand, will also release its Memories feature alongside the introduction of its new mobile operating system, iOS 10, in this coming fall.
Originally Part Of Moments
For those who are not aware, this Slideshow feature was part of Facebook's Moments, the social network's photo-sharing companion app. The company has been testing Slideshow within its app in many countries since December 2015.
At any rate, the new feature will certainly jazz up those photos and videos in your stored media through the attention-grabbing movements and transitions along with enticing music, which is definitely a good thing.
Are you excited to give this new feature a shot? Let us know in the comments section below.
In the meantime, you may want to watch this video posted on YouTube by Josh Constine of TechCrunch to get a glimpse of how Facebook Slideshow works.