Posts tagged with: Gear VR
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    Samsung is in full damage control mode as exploding Galaxy phone reports don’t seem to be slowing down even with the Note 7 recall effectively going global of late, and while the Korean tech giant would never admit it, your best replacement for the newest flagship phablet is probably the company’s previous hero device. Think about it, why wait up to a few more weeks, risk the next Galaxy Note 7 batch presenting its own manufacturing flaws, and settle for a modest J-series handheld in the meantime, if you can even get that from your retailer of choice, when the S7 Edge is here, ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 currently not safe to use, and dependable new inventory for folks who didn’t prematurely buy an explosive original variant still needing several weeks to become available, there’s little reason to pick up the “New” Samsung Gear VR headset, aka “Latest Edition.” As long as you plan to hold on to your micro USB-supporting Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge, you might as well save a few bucks and get the first Gear VR Consumer Edition, model number SM-R322. Granted, its field of view is limited to 96 degrees, compared to 101 for the ...

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    How do you make up for totally bungling the launch of a flagship phone awaited by many for a full 12 months, as well as effectively endangering millions of people’s lives, homes, personal and public property? Issuing full refunds for potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 units sold worldwide, no questions asked, was literally the least Samsung could do, alternatively offering to ship patient buyers replacement devices, hopefully with harmless batteries inside. That latter exchange will of course take a little while, which is why several US carriers can instantly hook you up with a Galaxy ...

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    Now that the new Gear VR headset (with support for the Galaxy Note 7) is out, it's about time that Samsung's older headset make a run down the price ladder, right? Amazon certainly agrees as it has slapped on its "Deal of the Day" label on the Gear VR, compatible with the Galaxy S6 through the Galaxy S7 edge. Until midnight Pacific/3am Eastern tonight (September 1), you can get it for $59.99 or 40 percent off. If you've got Amazon Prime, good news on that front: free one-day shipping is included. Source: Amazon Via: Android Central

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    Gear VR 2? “New” Gear VR? Samsung seems to be referring to the refined second consumer edition of the super-affordable virtual reality headset more as the “Gear VR for Galaxy Note 7”, although it’s also compatible with the GS7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and Edge+, courtesy of both USB Type-C and micro USB connectors. Not much has changed, as expected, the field of view being bumped up to 101 degrees, and color options now including blue and black. At 345 grams, or 312 without its front cover, the 2016 Samsung Gear VR sounds relatively lightweight, and it’s far from bulky ...

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    Another day, another credible exposé of some hot new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 feature? More like another day, another deluge of rumors so trustworthy you can take to the bank, store in a safe deposit box, open on Tuesday, and liquidate. At this point, we’re basically getting our scoops straight from the horse’s mouth, or as it happened yesterday, literally that. But sooner or later, the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place, making the August 2 announcement as unnecessary as an Avatar sequel. Wait, did it just happen? Possibly, with not only a full spec sheet disclosed by ...

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    If the cornucopia of recent leaks is of any indication, the upcoming Galaxy Note7 will feature a USB Type-C port. All of the leaked images and renders (like the one above from @evleaks), seem to testify that the Micro USB on the bottom is gone. Thankfully the headphone jack port is still in. It is also common knowledge, by now, that there will be a new Gear VR 2 headset accompanying the Note7. This is exactly because of the fact that the current Gear VR uses Micro USB connection, making the upcoming Note7 incompatible. Said headset will purportedly set you back 90EUR in Europe. So ...

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    Now that we know literally everything about the Galaxy Note 7, it’s time to dig a little deeper and try to find out more details on Samsung’s VR hardware-advancing plans. Rumor has it the Korean tech giant wants to run with the big dogs in addition to strengthening its low-cost domination, though we’re afraid there’s nothing new to report on the standalone Odyssey front. Meanwhile, the second consumer edition of the smartphone-compatible Samsung Gear VR most likely carries the SM-R323 model number (its predecessor being the SM-R322), picking up USB Type-C connectivity and GNote 7 ...

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    Technically, Samsung isn’t suited (yet) to directly battle the likes of HTC (in partnership with Valve), Sony or Oculus when it comes to high-end VR hardware. In terms of virtual reality experiences however, the HTC Vive recently made headlines by supporting the world’s most immersive music record, as well as Fruit Ninja and a game called Front Defense, while the Gear VR countered with exclusive Olympics content, and now Suicide Squad X. This looks just as cool as it sounds, allowing you to take part in the crazy action of the upcoming DC Comics-based Warner Bros. movie. Not only can ...

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    Technically, the first ever Consumer Edition of the Samsung Gear VR headset isn’t even a year old yet, so a sequel’s imminent release doesn’t feel like a given. But this widely available $100 product took more than a few design and functionality cues from two previous dev-focused, limited-scale “Innovator” Editions, the former of which saw daylight way back in December 2014. Ergo, the time for a follow-up is definitely now. Or, you know, August 2. Early September, at the latest. Indeed, Zauba import records for India suggest “testing & evaluation” is underway for a new ...

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    If the Zika virus threat doesn’t spook all of the world’s top athletes into jointly boycotting it, and Brazil’s worst economic recession since the 1990s ultimately allows for the smooth unfolding of this summer’s Olympic events in Rio de Janeiro, US-based sports fans can look forward to the most epic TV and VR broadcasts in the Games’ history. Not only is NBC touting its “most live Olympics ever”, with 4,500 hours (that’s more than 187 straight days) of real-time online coverage streaming of everything from basketball to dressage, but Samsung Gear VR owners will also be ...

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    If you've been looking for a reason to head to this side of the Galaxy, — mainly a monetary one — you've got plenty of options on the table. One such option is a site called Dailysteals where, at this point, the most important discount comes down to the Gear VR. It's not as good as free, but coming from the outside, 20 percent off ain't bad. The Gear VR is $79.99 at Dailysteals for the next five days. Discounts also extend to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge as well as all the major flagships from last year. There are some cellular discrepancies with the latest phones only coming in ...

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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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