Posts tagged with: Gear VR
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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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    As anticipated exactly a month ago, the first circular smartwatch from the worldwide king of smartphone shipments is rapidly spreading to US carriers. Well, perhaps “rapidly” isn’t the right word, given the Samsung Gear S2 is still stuck on pre-order status at AT&T, nowhere to be found with Sprint support, and already backordered through T-Mobile. That’s right, it only took Magenta roughly 24 hours to use up however many units were on sale to begin with. There must have not been a lot, although the cellular-capable wearable was deemed a great hit in Korea off the bat. T-Mo will ...

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    Following a couple of unmistakably experimental “innovator” versions, Samsung and Oculus VR have finally decided to take their virtual reality alliance to the next level in September, unveiling the first Gear VR consumer model. This isn’t quite a full-on competitor for the polished Oculus Rift that will go on sale early next year at “more” than $350, but rather a lower-cost, lower-end mobile alternative. How cheap is the new Samsung Gear VR? As expected, it’s just $99.99, although to actually make the headset work as advertised, you’ll also need a pairing Galaxy Note 5, ...

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    While waiting for the pricier-than-expected but state-of-the-art Oculus Rift consumer edition, virtual reality enthusiasts shouldn’t forget about the cheaper, likely less powerful and innovative Samsung Gear VR. The fully polished, non-developer-centric $99 headset is rolling out stateside in November, and in addition to all the big companies that announced their support for the product last month, Hulu now joins the party. The Los Angeles-based TV streaming service arrives a little late to the VR game compared to arch-rival Netflix, though Hulu’s immersive content library will ...

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    Just like many emerging technologies, virtual reality is still in relative infancy depending on who you ask. Obviously for companies like Samsung, this is all about a way to enhance playing with existing Galaxy devices as an accessory, but then when you ask HTC, the Vive is something else entirely. What's important is that the technology continues to evolve and today we see some results from Samsung and Oculus working together. Samsung and Oculus have just announced a consumer variant of the Gear VR, that even though aesthetically similar to the Gear VR Innovator Edition, is actually 22% ...

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    This week has already delivered some big news for those of us who continue to hold out hope that virtual reality is finally about ready to become a commercially viable, technically impressive, and maybe most importantly, fun new thing. That's because Oculus VR has come through with giving us a launch window for its Rift headset, the hardware that really got this new wave of VR interest going. While we'll be waiting until Q1 of next year to buy that headset, there are lots of other options available at the present, and today one of the newest becomes available to whole lot of shoppers, as ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are here, and have been for a couple weeks now. And while that means that loads of new owners have already picked up the phones, the experience hasn't been quite complete yet – at least not if you were looking to check out the same immersive 3D stuff Samsung talked about at its GS6 launch event: we still need the Gear VR. Samsung introduced its second-gen VR headset alongside the GS6 and GS6 Edge, a redesigned model to accommodate those smaller displays, while also improving focus depth and strap layout. Now it's nearly finally time when you can ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Samsung continues in its efforts to get virtual reality hardware into the hands of the smartphone-using public, and this week Best Buy retail stores began carrying the Galaxy Note 4 accessory. And while the Note 4 may be the current cream of Samsung's crop, we're not too far away now from the launch of the company's next flagship device, the Galaxy S6. We've talked a lot about possible GS6 hardware, including accessories that might come in the form of interchangeable back panels, but what about a VR accessory? Will Samsung grant the GS6 with the ability to work with something like the Gear ...

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    Sometimes it seems that Android OEMs would like little more than for you to abandon the Spotifies, Play Stores, and Dropboxes of the world and commit to their own services and media offerings, instead. Companies like Samsung have long tried to steer users in such directions, and earlier this year we saw the start of the latest incarnation of this trend arrive, as Samsung launched its Milk Music. That was followed by Milk Video in the fall, and now it's time for the next chapter in the Milk story to get underway, as Gear VR users get access to the new Milk VR. Milk VR may have a big ...

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    A couple days earlier this week, Samsung got US sales rolling for arguably the most compelling Galaxy Note 4 accessory you'll find, the immersive Gear VR headset. Pop your Note 4 in the front, strap the Gear VR on, and you're all ready to start experiencing virtual worlds. Well, at least you would be, if your Note 4 supported the Gear VR. Even though the accessory is explicitly designed to work with the phablet, there's one important stipulation you may have overlooked: the Note 4 needs its latest software to connect with the Gear VR, and as Samsung alluded to in its statement accompanying ...

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    It's been over three months now since the Gear VR went official at Samsung's IFA Unpacked event, ready to bring new Note 4 owners into the world of mobile virtual reality. Last month the manufacturer told us that we could expect to see the headset land for sale in the US sometime in early December, but Samsung wasn't ready to reveal a specific date. This week, it looks like that time time has finally come, as we see the Gear VR quietly go up for sale on both Samsung's and AT&T's websites. Just as anticipated, the headset sells for a cool $200. Both Samsung and AT&T sales look to be ...

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    Samsung's Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here, with US sales set to begin as we move into December. For Note 4 owners interested in picking up the accessory, a whole new world of virtual experiences awaits them, but what about the rest of us? Will Samsung ever have another VR product that's maybe not so closely tied to an already expensive phablet? That could well be a possibility, as Oculus VR's co-founder talks a little about what's next for the company's collaboration with Samsung. Oculus VR may be best known for its Oculus headset (which is rapidly approaching a commercial ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung provided some important information about its release plans for the Gear VR Note 4 accessory, talking about getting sales started in early December. While we'll be interested to see how readily Android users take to the unusual hardware, what about the problems we've heard reported with it? Last month we checked out some reports that the Gear VR was overheating even only after moderate use, a potentially uncomfortable situation when that hot phone is only inches from your eyes. Thankfully, Samsung seems to be on top of things, and claims that the overheating ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Samsung introduced its Gear VR back at IFA in early September, pairing the big high-res display on the Galaxy Note 4 with a sensor-laden headset that promised to offer users an immersive virtual reality experience. At least, it would when it finally became available, and while the Note 4 itself has been out for a while by this point, we've been waiting to see Gear VR make its own retail debut. Rumors had suggested that South Korea might get the accessory right at the start of December, but we were left guessing about international plans. Now Samsung's starting to come forward with details, ...

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    Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week! As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific. So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we're here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow's Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from Microsoft's ...

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    Perhaps it was an inevitability: a smartphone accessory maker takes a look at the Samsung Gear VR, doesn't see much more than a couple lenses and a plastic shell, and thinks, “hey, I could do that!” We're still waiting for sales of the Samsung model to begin, but imitators aren't waiting around any to get their own products out, and today we see the launch of what's being billed as a more affordable, cross-platform alternative to Gear VR, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. Yup, just like the lenses in your camera: that Carl Zeiss. Only now, the company's got a VR headset with interchangeable ...

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    For some, there's nothing cooler than to be able to immerse yourself in the game you enjoy the most. Playing games on a touch screen can be cumbersome as you either cover the screen with your fingers, or you simply can't enjoy the lack of physical controls. Samsung is trying to solve that with its Gear VR, though new reports claim that it isn't succeeding yet. Reports claim that the Gear VR is considerably overheating after around 25 minutes of use. It is definitely uncomfortable for any product to overheat after use, but for this to be a device that you wear on your head, a lot needs to ...

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    Just over a month ago, Samsung revealed its Gear VR head-mounted display accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 at its pre-IFA Unpacked event. The headset, designed with help from Oculus VR, was announced without a ton of details concerning how it would go up for sale. We quickly picked up on a possible $200 price tag, but still lacked a timetable any more precise than that of a release planned before the year was out. But now as we move further into October, new leaks are arriving with new release details, and the one we're checking out today suggests plans to start selling the Gear VR on ...

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