Posts tagged with: virtual reality
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    It’s no longer a big secret the rapidly approaching Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will have many great things going for it, including iris recognition, an enhanced S Pen, snazzy dual-edged screen, all the RAM you could ever need, and water resistance. While probably not compatible with the existing first consumer edition of the Gear VR headset due to USB Type-C adoption, the phablet should come to market chaperoned by its own affordable new pair of virtual reality goggles. But what about support for Google’s industry-paramount Daydream platform? Seeing as how ZTE is already on board, and ...

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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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    We're going to tackle ALL of your questions about the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and Moto Mods! Plus, we'll chat about mobile use in the military, Google's potential VR strategy, and what responsibility do companies have to provide access to encrypted devices? Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 210 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 21st (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version later this week. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at ...

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    When in financial trouble, most tech outfits look to streamline their product portfolio, reduce expenses and focus on one or a few things they've been doing for a while. But that's not working in HTC’s slumping camp, so instead of further cutting back on hardware releases, the Taiwanese consumer electronics company is expanding. Forget tablets or smartwatches, as virtual reality headsets are nowadays considered the industry’s “next big thing.” HTC, alongside Oculus and Sony, wants to start trends, and it’s got gaming veteran Valve and PC heavyweight HP in its corner to help get ...

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    Looking for the cheapest possible way to experience the immersion and growing wonders of virtual reality? A $15 or so Google Cardboard can be paired with many budget-friendly Android smartphones, but for a grand total of just $200, Alcatel and Cricket Wireless have a much better VR fix incoming. AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary is surprisingly the exclusive carrier of the Idol 4 handheld stateside, packaging the beautiful glass-and-metal-made 5.2-incher with its very own VR headset. The goggles are of course no match for premium products like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though they’re ...

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    Whether we’re talking low-cost, smartphone-enabled virtual reality products like the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or LG 360 VR, or much pricier, fancier and higher-end PC or console-supporting PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices, there’s something not quite right and intuitive about all early VR hardware pieces. The aforementioned have reliance on a separate gadget in common, which a number of companies are looking to eliminate or cut back on to start with. Focused on growing and maturing the Daydream platform, Google likely paused its standalone VR headset-building ...

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    The HTC Vive may have won an early battle (or ten) of availability, but the high-end virtual reality headset war is far from decided, with both Sony’s PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift in it to prevail over the long haul. The Facebook-owned company that arguably laid the first stone in a fast-growing market soon to be worth billions encountered a few hiccups in its attempt to turn a nifty concept into a popular consumer product, after a pair of developer-centric experiments. Several months in, all the component shortages and manufacturing woes seem to have come to a happy ending, with ...

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    There's a little nuance involved with this video review of the Loop VR headset. This unit was offered up by OnePlus as a promotion for the launch of the OnePlus 3, and the manufacturer created a savvy little VR tour of the phone for people to interact with. The headset we're looking at, though using fairly high quality build materials, really wasn't designed for much more than that initial product launch. Still, we've received numerous requests from people wondering if this would be a good compliment to their OnePlus 3 phones. If you had a Samsung, you'd want to use a Gear VR right? Well ...

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    While it may feel like it’s been around since the beginning of time, the always entertaining, straightforward as they come and often quite addictive Fruit Ninja mobile game has only debuted on iOS and Android back in 2010. Of course, six years would have been plenty of time for Australia-based developers Halfbrick Studios to heavily modify and radically improve the arcade title, but why mess with perfection? Instead, the simple as ever game is set to become even more entertaining and immersive, launching on the HTC Vive headset today. Normally priced at $15, which is over seven times as ...

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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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    While generally not as glamorous and jam-packed with exciting mobile hardware announcements as the year-opening CES or MWC events, the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) Berlin consumer electronics trade show always makes its share of pre-holiday headlines. This year’s German expo will probably be no exception, despite Samsung reportedly planning once again to hold an Unpacked conference for the introduction of the latest Galaxy Note hero a few weeks before the IFA’s official start. You can still count on the Gear S3 debuting in the capital of the most populous EU member state ...

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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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    Will the Oculus Rift overcome its production issues and component shortages to snatch the high-end VR headset crown away from the unanimously praised and slightly easier to come by HTC Vive? Could a third contender rise to the throne, racking up 6 million shipments before the year ends, despite only launching in October? Well, Sony certainly has the upper hand in affordability, and it may also help the popularity of the PlayStation VR that you don’t need to own a super-advanced, ultra-expensive gaming PC too. Just a PS4 console some of you already have lying around the house, or if you ...

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    Virtual reality enthusiasts and especially those excited about super-immersive gaming probably know the best is yet to come, despite the road-opening Oculus Rift and universally acclaimed HTC Vive already seeing daylight. This battle isn’t over until Sony throws its hat in the ring as well, which we’ve known for a while was only supposed to happen in October. At long last, the PlayStation VR today gets an explicit launch date, October 13, thus keeping even its earliest adopters waiting another four months. If you want to secure your place at the front of the line, we’re afraid ...

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    Although it hasn’t yet performed the financial miracles some anticipated, the HTC and Valve-co-developed Vive VR headset looks to be on the definitive path to consumer success. But virtual reality technology isn’t just about immersive home gaming, entertainment and interactive music experiences, with the enterprise sector very much a part of HTC’s unique vision of the computing future. Enter the $1,200 Vive BE, short for Business Edition, meant to “capture the huge demand from industries worldwide to employ virtual reality technology in commercial applications.” Available at ...

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    HTC may have tried to put on a brave face as it confirmed another two miserable quarters (both Q4 2015 and Q1 2016), anticipating “good momentum” next, thanks to the company’s latest flagship phone and its acclaimed rookie VR effort, but the jig is now up. Unfortunately for the faltering Taiwanese tech giant, the HTC 10 handheld and Valve-co-developed Vive headset, alongside the rest of its slumping product lineup, could only manage to generate unaudited consolidated revenue of NT$6.75 billion for May 2016. That’s just a little over US$200 million, and represents a year-over-year ...

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    We’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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    If video killed the radio star a few decades back, virtual reality may soon radically transform if not eradicate the traditional music video experience. Instead of watching a series of images selected by musicians and often adept directors to represent a song’s beat and message on your screen of choice, why not take part in the action from the comfort of your couch? Several years still need to pass before you can just put on a pair of glasses and start grooving with Adam Levine whenever you feel like it, but the first step towards an exciting future where the recording and tech industry ...

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    While Google confirmed at the I/O developer conference last month that fall 2016 is the ETA of its “high quality mobile virtual reality” Daydream platform, the search giant didn’t say when actual supporting phones manufactured by partners Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi would land. And mind you, current-gen Android flagships, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and even Google’s own Nexus 6P, are pretty much guaranteed to not work with the final, consumer variant of Daydream. But the recently unveiled ZTE Axon 7 will, according to its producing company, ...

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    When Asus let the cat out of the bag back in February regarding the Q4 2016 launch of a mystery “phone based VR/AR” device, everyone figured we’d hear more come Computex. Indeed, the company’s home turf-set tech expo saw an inconspicuous-looking piece of head gear break cover a few days ago, only the leather-strapped gizmo remains completely cloaked in secrecy. Meanwhile, we have absolutely nothing to report on the “PC based VR” front, with Asus likely working behind the scenes alongside Oculus to further strengthen the HTC Vive barricade, but a commercial product still a ...

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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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    Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot. But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive ...

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    You wouldn’t think it by looking over HTC’s latest financial report, but 2016 is shaping up to be a solid year for the long-ailing Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, at least from an innovation standpoint. The HTC 10 phone finally strays from the design path of the One family, the company’s very first smartwatch might see daylight next month, followed by a Marlin/Sailfish-codenamed Nexus duo, and most importantly of all, the Vive VR headset is already out. As in, commercially launched worldwide, and after a short period of shipping difficulties caused by rampant demand, it’s once ...

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    You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...

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