Posts tagged with: Gear VR
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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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    Samsung's Unpacked 2 event in the days leading up to IFA 2014 revealed a whole bunch of new hardware from the company, with the Note 4 front and center. As expected, we saw a lot of related products, including the debut of the Gear VR. Like a fancier Google Cardboard, the headset pairs the quad HD display and processing power of the Note 4 with a series of lenses to create an immersive virtual experience. We learned that sales would begin later this year, and that carriers were even interested, but Samsung wasn't being too forthright with a price tag; just how much would this accessory ...

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    The Note 4 and Note Edge may be the big new handsets emerging from Samsung's Unpacked event at IFA 2014, but they're not alone. We've also been picking up on leaks pointing to a virtual reality accessory going back months now, and on the stage in Berlin this afternoon, Samsung has gone ahead and formally announced its Gear VR headset. Gear VR connects with the Galaxy Note 4, which stands-in as the headset's display. It docks in place up front, offering its high-resolution quad HD screen to form the images for the VR's lenses. Samsung brought Oculus VR's John Carmack on stage to explain ...

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    Not quite sold on the idea of virtual reality? Especially when we're talking about a headset that's basically just a frame for your smartphone? Samsung's Gear VR is far from the most conventional-sounding smartphone accessory we've ever heard of, but the way it's shaping up with this close partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, we're preparing ourselves to be soundly impressed. Leaks have already revealed some of the Gear VR software, and earlier this month we got to see what sure seemed like it might be the hardware itself. Now some new pics attempt to clue us in to how the finished ...

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    Samsung has reportedly been looking to get into the virtual reality industry as of late, as leaks concerning its Gear VR have suggested. And those leaks are not all: a new report out of The Verge today suggests that a Samsung virtual reality headset may not be released too far into the future, even offering a first glimpse at what is likely the device in question. First of all, we'd like to simply point out that The Verge does not corroborate the Gear VR moniker previously leaked in this report, though that's what leaks in the past have detailed it as. Moving on to the leak itself, we've ...

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    The 2014 IFA expo is only a month away at this point, when smartphone manufacturers the world around will descend on Berlin to show off their latest wares. We're expecting a lot of new hardware to make its debut, and the companies behind all this gear have already started scheduling their announcements; just last week, we learned of Sony's plans for a September 3 press conference. Now another bigwig has shared its IFA plans, as Samsung reveals the timing for its next Unpacked event, also scheduled to take place on September 3. Samsung's event should get underway a couple hours in advance ...

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    This may be pushing the limits of what counts as smartphone news, but bear with us for a moment: Samsung and Oculus VR have been partnering up for work on what's promising to be a real virtual reality renaissance. We know Oculus itself has been thinking about Android compatibility since its early days, and more recently the company has been helping Samsung develop the technology it's using for its own Gear VR headset accessory. But now as a new version of the Oculus Rift dev kit arrives, and hardware fans tear it down to see what makes it tick, we're starting to realize just how deep this ...

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    Rumors about Samsung's involvement in a project to deliver a virtual reality accessory for its smartphones have been snowballing since the spring. Early, vague talk about a VR headset gave way to evidence of an official Gear VR name, and just a few weeks back a leak appeared to reveal a render of the actual hardware. Today we shift from hardware to software a little as we check out the latest arrival, a relatively in-depth leak of what sure seems to be the Gear VR companion app. The app's setup guide talks users through the configuration process and confirms certain aspects of Gear VR's ...

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    The era of 3D screens on smartphones may have come and gone, but the dream that we can still build portable displays that convey some sort of useful depth information continues to linger. Sometimes that takes the form of a product like Amazon's Fire phone, using software to simulate depth on a 2D panel. We've also talked about efforts to work with virtual-reality-style headsets, like plans for eventual Oculus Rift Android support, or Google's own DIY Cardboard system from I/O this year. Samsung's a name that's popped up in this VR talk more than once, with rumors that it might be ...

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    If there's a company that's famous for actually launching anything that lands at its R&D department, it's Samsung. We've seen the company dare the odds successfully with inventions like the phablet, even though other experiments like the Galaxy Round haven't proven to be quite successful. We've heard of the company wanting to compete with some daring accessories a couple of weeks ago as well, and today things start taking shape. Those of you who were happy with the rumors that Samsung was wanting to compete with the Oculus Rift, should be even happier today. The company has just filed ...

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