Posts tagged with: Gear VR
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    Verizon is no stranger to one-upping Samsung’s sweet Galaxy S7 deals, offering a gratis Gear S2 smartwatch back in the day with the flagship Android phone while the OEM could “barely” bundle the handheld with a free Gear VR headset. Now, the Gear VR freebie is rebooted across all Samsung-sanctioned US retailers selling the S7 and S7 Edge, as well as the S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5, and once again, Big Red ups the savings ante. Only the nation’s leading wireless service provider keeps its latest bargain limited to the GS7, S7 Edge, and Note 5. Buy any one of those from the ...

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    How can anyone possibly compete with Samsung in the low-cost VR headset space when the Oculus-powered Gear VR is yet again given away for free in a sweet smartphone bundle arrangement? This time, the deal is even sweeter, believe it or not, as the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 join the ranks of the S7 and S7 Edge in netting you gratis immersive accessories, no matter where you buy your flagship handheld from. As long as it’s a manufacturer-sanctioned US retailer, and you sign up to a device installment plan, outdated two-year contract, lease, or purchase one of the ...

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    If there's one thing that has left Gear VR users feeling like they're using a bastardized Rift, it's been the lack of a controller. Oculus has been working with Samsung for the past few years on the Gear VR, but are facing pressure to up the ante as offerings from Google's Daydream VR and Sony's PlayStation VR come creeping around the bend. Therefore, this leak about an upcoming Gear VR Gamepad doesn't sound too out of the question. It comes from Czech site MobilMania and features a design unlike previous ones we've seen for said competing projects — mainly in that the gun-grip design ...

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    To the surprise of many, disappointment of some, but understanding of others, Google skipped the introduction of an oft-rumored sensor-laden Cardboard sequel and/or a standalone Android VR headset. As such, the Samsung Gear VR remains the immersive low-cost device to beat, and its shrewd manufacturer knows it full well, plugging it alongside the pricey but popular Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones at massive discounts. Sometimes, even completely free of charge. Not right now on the old continent, although German-based folks interested in both a flagship handheld and entry-level virtual reality ...

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    As if high-end smartphone prices weren’t bad enough on the old continent, with VAT and other hefty taxes added in, very few of the innumerable recent US deals on in-demand models like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5 have been brought to British, French or German shores. No BOGO offers, hardly any discounts on S7 + Gear S2 bundles, or combinations of the modular G5 with one or several of its functionality-enhancing “Friends.” On the bright side, you were able to get the Gear VR headset free of charge with GS7 and S7 Edge pre-orders in select European markets, and now that that promo is over, ...

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    This is a little odd, but while Samsung was recently reported to have trouble shipping free Gear VR headsets to the many, many folks who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge stateside, a top-rated eBay seller can somehow afford to charge just $80 for the immersive albeit highly smartphone-dependent accessory. It’s not one of the usual suspects either, like mobilepros1, qualitycellz, or even techno.trading.house, but instead imagewarehouse1, so when the listing mentions a “limited quantity available”, chances are you’re looking at a couple of hundreds of units or so. Already, at the ...

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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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