Posts tagged with: Gear VR
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    Remember the Galaxy S5? Remember that weirdo Micro-B connector port that supported USB 3.0? That was a funky aberration, right? Since then, Samsung has decided to keep with plain 'ol Micro-B for juicing up your phone and delivering data to and from other places. Even as many other OEMs slide over to USB Type-C connectors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge kept that same 'ol same 'ol on the bottom side of their frames. However, we're hearing now from SamMobile that the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 will wield a USB-C port. That port may support the USB 3.1 standard running through it, putting in USB ...

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    For the many uses of VR that we've yet to discover, we'd figure that some of them are going to be outrageously stupid. Who'd want to walk around town and into stores buying stuff with their headsets on? Seriously. Well, Samsung does have an idea that makes more sense that not only gets kids involved, but it also keeps busy parents close in touch, too. The R&D department are still working on a full release for the company's Bedtime VR Stories where parents, from near or afar, can join their children through an encompassing, whimsical environment. Both of them follow along the story line ...

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    After a year full of challenges, wrapped up with an unexpectedly underwhelming holiday quarter, everything seems to be going Samsung’s way once again. Smartphone sales are back on an upward trajectory, thanks mainly to the high-end Galaxy S7 duo, and the Note 6 could well maintain the momentum in H2, even with an iPhone 7 thrown in the mix. Speaking of next-generation iPhones, the 7s or 8 should finally adopt OLED display technology, and Samsung is definitely on the short list of prospective parts suppliers, with a collaboration of this nature no doubt mutually benefiting the two’s ...

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    Samsung wasn’t keen to fully clear the air regarding the US price tag and release date of the Gear 360 spherical VR camera when denying it would cost $350, and in the meantime, third-party retailer B&H has backpedaled on its educated guess as well. Elsewhere however, things couldn’t be clearer, at least in terms of retail pricing, and $350 still feels like a solid theory for American availability. On Korean shores, that’s more or less exactly what the Gear 360’s valuation converts to, with regional pre-orders already live, and deliveries slated to begin next week, by April 29. ...

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    Much like the other fledgling industry segment bidding for the title of “next big thing” in tech, the virtual reality market seems to be split in two very distinct categories. But the price gap between smartphone-enabled VR headsets and their PC and console-based counterparts is way larger than the main differentiator of activity trackers and smartwatches. As such, devices like the Samsung Gear VR will easily get the volume advantage over the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony PlayStation VR this year. What kind of an edge we’re talking about here? A massive one, Strategy Analytics ...

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    We get it. Samsung Pay is a good thing, technology-wise. VR is a great thing. But we have major doubts as to why the two should be combined. That's what Samsung Pay Europe chief Natalie Oestmann floated out during the Money20/20 conference in Copenhagen while talking about the spreading success of the mobile payments system. It's been about eight months since the US saw start of service and only a tender week-plus for China, but the path forward is said to be seen in gift cards, loyalty programs and in-app purchases — the latter already seen with Android Pay and Apple Pay. It's a ...

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    When Samsung announced the already affordable Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge would net early adopters in the US a gratis Gear VR headset and six-game Oculus bundle, it all seemed too good to be true. But when Verizon went a step further, allowing its customers to choose the Gear S2 smartwatch over the virtual reality device as a freebie, there was no stopping the flocks of S7 buyers. Unfortunately, it looks like Big Red may have miscalculated supply and demand, as people waiting for their circular Tizen timepieces are instead receiving delay notices. They say beggars can’t be choosers, so you ...

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    The world’s largest porn website in terms of content hosted has been pushing for years for the title of the most popular adult portal with publicity stunts ranging from controversial to hilarious to refreshingly original and outright weird. Remember when the Pornhub Space Program took to IndieGogo to try to raise $3.4 million for a “Sexploration” film set literally in space? That didn’t work out so well, with a measly $236K pledged by the site’s hordes of fans. But Pornhub generated way more enthusiasm for its philanthropic and environmental endeavors, planting over 15,000 trees ...

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    As its smartphone sales slowly start to sink, tablets refuse to catch on, and smartwatches remain aimless to a great extent, Samsung is willing to try pretty much anything to discover and develop the tech industry’s “next big thing.” But a smart belt probably isn’t it, the “rink” mobile VR hand-motion controller needs a lot of work before it can even play in the same league as Microsoft Kinect sensors, while a watch strap that enables hands-free and headset-free phone communication sounds neat yet hardly groundbreaking. How about the second batch of experimental C-Lab projects, ...

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    You didn’t really think Samsung hired a bunch of movie, music and sports stars just for the one Galaxy S7 publicity stunt now, did you? Especially since the flagship phone, alongside its dual-curved brother, only launched commercially around the world this past Friday. That’s also when a trio of new adverts debuted online, showing A-list rapper Lil Wayne and, well, C-list actor nowadays Wesley Snipes having a jolly good time with their “cool” handhelds, smartwatches, and virtual reality goggles. Wait, what happened to William H. Macy? Guess his dream of becoming a product ...

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    While we’ve known about the Samsung Gear VR freebie escorting early Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge purchases stateside since day one, a dedicated promotion section on Samsung’s website is only now live for you to register through. It’s obviously important to do that as soon as possible, given the deal is merely valid “while supplies last.” Technically, March 18 is the expiration date for qualifying S7/S7 Edge acquisitions, but Gear VR inventory could run out way earlier. After all, what’s not to like about this special offer? Apart from netting you probably the best smartphone in the ...

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    So, wait. You're in the real world experiencing all the twists, turns and up and down Gs, but you'll wear some digi-goggles to go along with that? It seems like US amusement park company Six Flags wants to innovate on its current roller coaster experiences and has teamed up with Samsung to do so, introducing its Gear VR headsets to nine of its roller coasters nationwide. Samsung, as "Official Technology Partner," will implement two themed adventures — one themed upon "a futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion," the other a SUPERMAN-themed one where one goes up ...

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    Almost every major tech company tasks a unit to head a search for the next vertical that said company can infiltrate and dominate. Yes, Alphabet pretty much has that down-pat, but whether it's called an "innovation center" or a "creative lab," it's there somewhere within the beasts. Enter Drew Bamford, VP of the Creative Labs at HTC. Remember that big three-pronged lifestyle push fronted by the Re Camera, the Valve co-opted Vive and the Grip that got turned into the Under Armour Healthbox? A lot of that likely had to go through, if not start at the labs. And while the MWC talk he gave ...

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    Samsung’s “next big thing” isn’t even out yet, and retail partners are already this close to giving the new phone away for free to convince you to do business with them. Well, not exactly, but we’re getting there. For starters, no matter where you pre-order your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from, you’re eligible for a complimentary Gear VR headset, plus a 6-game Oculus virtual reality bundle. Total savings - $150. In addition to that, Target throws in a gratis $100 gift card, T-Mobile offers a 12-month Netflix subscription, and Sprint covers half the cost of a second S7 you might be ...

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    Not sold on T-Mobile’s Galaxy S7 Netflix bundle or Sprint’s buy-one-get-half-off-the-second offer on Samsung’s “next big thing(s)”? Perhaps still waiting to see what LG and its US retail partners have in store as far as G5 pricing and deals go? Unfortunately for the perennial Korean number two’s financial perspectives, we simply can’t picture a greater bargain than Target’s GS7 right now. For in-store pickup only starting mid-March, the discount retailer lets you reserve a beautiful, super-sharp, powerful and photography-proficient new Android flagship as cheap as $700. ...

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    You can run but you can’t hide from the onslaught of Galaxy S7-related news in the past 24 hours. Perhaps pressed by LG’s innovations, the company’s recent disappointing financial reports or the overall smartphone market’s stagnation, Samsung already laid all its cards on the table, looking to accept pre-orders for the two new Galaxy flagships as soon as tomorrow, February 23. The main things to consider, including detailed specifications, pricing and differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on one hand and S6, S6 Edge, and iPhone 6s on the other are public knowledge. ...

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    “The Next Galaxy” is (almost) here, and in addition to refined designs, a bunch of incremental hardware upgrades, as well as the return of water protection and microSD support, the S7 and S7 Edge apparently aim to stand out with an unusually early pre-order start and, best of all, freebies. No more waiting months on end to see the latest flagships discounted. This year, they offer phenomenal bang for buck off the bat, at least stateside, where they’re bundled with gratis Gear VR headsets. Also, a 6-pack virtual reality game package, and a full 12 months of Netflix, if you choose to ...

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    When it comes to smartphone VR solutions, you can go the el-cheapo Google Cardboard route, or you can invest in some serious hardware that has the potential to make your virtual experience that much better – and while LG may have brought some new competition in the form of its 360 VR, the gold standard has been Samsung and its Gear VR. There's little arguing that the Gear VR can deliver an impressive virtual reality show, but the tricky bit has been exposing users to all that – after all, Samsung's been asking Galaxy owners to shell out an extra $100 on top of their already expensive ...

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    While nobody likes a copycat, Samsung fans and Android enthusiasts in general can all agree the global leader of smartphone shipments could benefit from aping a particular product release strategy generally associated with iDevices. Of course, Apple didn’t invent the formal announcement followed shortly by a pre-order start, then also very quickly by a commercial rollout, but traditionally, a member of the Galaxy needs several weeks, sometimes even a month to go from Unpacked event headliner to widely available item in stores around the world. Not to mention typically slower turnarounds ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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    Virtual reality tech has made its way to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this year. The HTC Vive Pre and Oculus Rift are making their presence known to developers. But while the indie flicks and the musical acts (s/o to Air Traffic Controller!) play on and on, Samsung is making the show all about itself. Its chief marketing officer for the US, Marc Mathieu, announced that its investing in studios to shoot VR movies at its existing New York offices. Its partnering with the Sundance Institute, the organization behind its namesake film festival, for a year of fostering ...

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    After a (way too) long waiting period, Samsung has finally decided to spread the wearable love to the all-important Indian market, which also only got the Apple Watch back in November. The Tizen-powered Gear S2 is obviously not as affordable in India as it’s recently become on American and British shores, but it’s considerably cheaper than the entry-level “iWatch” configuration, and that may go a long way in securing it a regional mainstream audience. Even the stylish Samsung Gear S2 Classic is priced lower than an Apple Watch Sport, at Rs 25,800, compared to around 31,000 rupees. ...

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    We get it: 2015 is almost over and you don't want to start a new year with your phone still running Android Lollipop. And while manufacturers are coming along nicely with distribution of Marshmallow updates, sometimes it feels like whatever phone you carry is always coming up last on that list. For Samsung Galaxy S6 owners, an early chance to make the journey to Marshmallow arrived a couple days back, as users first in South Korea, and later in the UK, were invited to enroll in Samsung's beta program through the manufacturer's Galaxy Care app and get their Marshmallow updates ahead of the ...

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    VR headsets for smartphones may be a lot of fun, and chock full of potential, but there are some very real stumbling blocks lying in the way of all they stand to offer. One of the big ones concerns the app situation, and in order for software to work with something like a Google Cardboard viewer or Samsung's Gear VR in any kind of useful way, it's going to need to be custom-designed for just such uses; you can't simply flip a “VR” switch in a run-of-the-mill app and suddenly get a 3D experience. Instead, devs need to sit down and work out not just the 3D-viewing bit of that equation, ...

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    Before augmented reality can take off, virtual reality technology must first prove its worth to mobile and PC consumers always looking for the next big thing. Oculus is arguably the company to watch for in the fledgling segment, aiding Samsung with Gear VR development, and separately refining the much more powerful Rift. But the non-developer Samsung Gear VR is already here, and if you own a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, or Note 5, it’s definitely worth a quick test drive, at the low, low price of a decent pair of wireless headphones. Listed as coming soon by Best Buy, and also on its way ...

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