Samsung is Terminating Its VR Video Apps on All Devices

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With the end of Samsung Gear VR, it seems the South Korean tech giant is also doing away with its VR video apps as well. The company is ending service for all of its Samsung XR apps across the web, mobile, and VR headset platforms. Image courtesy Samsung.

‘Mondly VR’ Language Learning App Now On Oculus Quest

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Originally released back in 2017 on Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Go, and SteamVR headsets— Mondly VR features support for over two dozen languages, including but now limited to Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

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Samsung Won’t Confirm Daydream Note 7 Compatibility…Yet

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Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus SonySome of the biggest names in the business are teaming up to secure the future of virtual reality.

Samsung Reveals New Gear VR With Controller

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Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced a brand-new Gear VR, powered by Oculus, and revealed the Gear VR Controller that lets you interact with VR games and experiences. While there was no shortage of new Samsung hardware revealed at the conference, including a new Gear VR headset to show off, the Gear VR Controller is the input device we’ve been eagerly waiting for as an answer to Google Daydream’s View controller.

Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

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Google started the idea of using a smartphone as the heart and soul of a VR headset and others immediately jumped on the prospect of an affordable VR system for the masses. That included Samsung who worked with the makers of the Oculus Rift to launch the Gear VR for is high-end flagships.

How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

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Last week at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference the company made a number of new announcements which are very exciting for VR consumers. Within the industry though, the announcements represent somewhat of a repositioning of industry players, one that puts Oculus’ mobile strategy in a rough spot. Oculus was first to market in the ‘high-end’ mobile VR space when they launched Gear VR in conjunction with Samsung in 2014. image courtesy Google.

YouTube VR Reveals Samsung Gear VR Shared Viewing

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Already a dominant application on the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Google Daydream platforms, Google’s immensely popular YouTube VR experience is now available on the Samsung Gear VR. By clicking on the “Watch Together” icon located beneath the play controls on both the Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR, users can join their friends, or complete strangers, in online, shared VR rooms. YouTube VR is available for free via the Oculus Store.

Samsung Gear VR Install Base Has Passed 5 Million Headsets

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Samsung confirms 5+ million Gear VR headsets are now in use worldwide, announced at their CES 2017 keynote. In his opening speech at CES 2017 this week, Samsung Electronics America president Tim Baxter announced that the company now has “more than 5 million” Gear VR virtual reality headsets in use. The full Samsung press conference can be watched here. The post Samsung Gear VR Install Base Has Passed 5 Million Headsets appeared first on Road to VR.

Samsung Announces New Gear VR with Touch Sensing Controller Included

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Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced the brand-new Gear VR with Controller, with 70 titles coming soon. Announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and revealed on the Oculus Blog , Samsung’s new Gear VR has received a major new feature in the form of a motion controller. The single-handed controller has clear similarities with the controller that comes with Daydream VR, Google’s mobile VR platform.

Sony, Facebook, Google, and Samsung Dominate VR, With Over 50% Market Share

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Sony is followed by Facebook (the Oculus platform) and Google (Day Dream, Card Board, Tilt Brush, etc.); Samsung follows with another mobile headset (Gear VR). Tagged with: facebook , market share , oculus , sony htc. VR Industry News facebook market share oculus sony htcVR is hot! But is it permanent?

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7 Must-Have Samsung Gear VR Apps and Experiences

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It may be hard to believe but its been four years since Samsung and Oculus first announced their smartphone-powered Gear VR headset. Samsung and Facebook/Oculus are on a mission: to bring the full-internet experience inside of your virtual reality headset. Phonecast is a Samsung-created dashboard that gives you access to a suite of intelligently designed web-apps, browsers and popular services like YouTube.

First Look: Oculus Venues and Oculus TV

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These apps hope to make the Oculus Go your next entertainment device. The $200 standalone VR headset from Oculus has finally arrived. the Oculus Go is part of Oculus’ larger goal to getting one billion consumers into VR. Whether you have an Android or iPhone mobile device, you can immediately get started with Oculus Go ( See our review here ). With Oculus Go, iPhone users around the world can now finally jump into VR with something comparable. Oculus TV.

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Google wakes up from its VR daydream

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Daydream, Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform, is losing official support from Google, Android Police reports. Google’s hardware business is already peanuts compared to their search and ads business, so it probably wasn’t clear what the point was.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Is Finally Getting Daydream Support

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Google today confirmed what we’ve long suspected; Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone will soon support Google’s Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. The news was announced on-stage at the Google I/O developer conference today. Normally a new phone supporting Daydream wouldn’t be such a big deal, but Samsung’s Galaxy line is already synonymous with another headset, the Gear VR. Google Daydream VR Industry News

Oculus CTO Explains Why “Gear VR’s days are numbered”

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Oculus CTO John Carmack took to the stage at Oculus Connect 6 to give his patented stream-of-thought speech. Along with newer Samsung smartphones came the need to rejigger the headset to make use of them, although that’s not the biggest issue that lead to ultimately worse retention that all other Oculus VR headsets on offer. ” Image courtesy Oculus.

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Oculus Rift goes cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR

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It would appear that though the two platforms have their major differences, Oculus Rift will be going cross-platform with Samsung Gear VR. This means that mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 will be able to see games like "Anshar Wars 2", a game that Oculus Rift players can also play, with all devices in multiplayer … Continue reading.

Samsung Won’t Say Whether The Galaxy S8 Will Work With Daydream

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Samsung revealed its long-awaited Galaxy S8 smartphone last week but, while it supports the company’s Gear VR headset, there was no mention of another major player in the mobile VR market: Google Daydream. When Daydream was announced last year Google revealed Samsung as one of a number of partners working on the platform. “We have a great, long standing partnership with Google and work with them on many fronts.

New Samsung Gear VR With Motion Controller Releasing on April 21 at $130

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Oculus and Samsung have announced that the latest edition of the Gear VR mobile VR headset will be releasing on April 21. Earlier this month, Oculus and Samsung revealed a new Gear VR that would include a wireless motion controller similar to the Google Daydream View. We had the chance to try the new Gear VR and its controller at a meeting with Oculus earlier in the week. Tagged with: gear vr , oculus , samsung Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

Latest Chrome Update Lets Google Daydream Users Easily Browse the Web in VR

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We knew that Google was working on adding VR capabilities to its mobile version of Chrome since last year. Chrome team member François Beaufort released the news on Google+ , saying that the first set of VR features is now available to try out in Chrome 61, the latest stable build of the company’s mobile browser. ” Daydream’s VR Playstore, image courtesy Google.

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‘XR Casino’ Brings Cross-Platform Gambling To VR & AR

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In terms of compatibility, the platform is cross-compatible with nearly every major VR & AR device, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Quest 2, Microsoft HoloLens 2, as well as AR-enabled iOS and Android devices; it’s never been easier to take your friends’ money!

Samsung Internet Update Adds ‘Experimental’ WebVR 1.0 Support

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Samsung recently added new layers to its VR web-browsing app for its Samsung Internet Browser for Gear VR with improved support for the WebVR API. Samsung’s VR browsing app is perhaps one of the more advanced web browsers among VR headsets, but other companies have been catching up in the past month. Google, meanwhile, is at a very early stage with its experimental WebVR support aimed at developers, and launched the WebVR API on Chrome for Android to test it out.

Samsung hints at a future mixed reality headset (and at unsolvable problems for Gear VR)

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When in 2015 I had my first Samsung Gear VR, I was amazed: finally, I could enjoy high-quality tether-less virtual reality. But now, these days are over and while the standalone headsets like Vive Focus and Oculus Go are rising, the mobile headsets are becoming always more something of the past. LYN: We noticed that Samsung hasn’t mentioned or highlighted virtual reality since the Galaxy S9 launch. Is Samsung no longer interested in VR anymore?

Samsung’s VR Strategy with Tom Harding, Director of Immersive Products

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Without explicitly announcing a new specific product, Samsung quietly implied that they may be developing a new standalone mobile VR HMD during a session during their developer conference last month. ” Kim then showed a slide saying the next steps for Samsung’s mobile VR include inside-out tracking and 6 degree-of-freedom controllers, and he said, “We are partnering with global partners like Intel to bring inside-out technology to our next mobile product portfolio.”

YouTube VR Now Available On Oculus Go

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Owners of the Oculus Go can now breathe a collective sigh of relief as the official YouTube VR app has finally landed on the standalone 3DoF mobile VR headset roughly 6 months after its original release. Starting today, users can now log in to the Oculus Store to find the official YouTube VR app available for download free-of-charge. YouTube VR is available for download now on the Oculus Go via the Oculus Store. News 180-degree 360-degree Oculus Go YouTube VR

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Here’s a Look Inside Both Samsung & JDI’s High Pixel Density VR Panels

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UploadVR’s Ian Hamilton was on the scene, and managed to get a pretty good capture of both Samsung’s and JDI’s panels with his iPhone 8 camera. Samsung showed off their 2.43-inch, 3,840 × 2,160 resolution (120Hz) panel through the lenses of a VR headset, although it appears from UploadVR ‘s video that only static imagery was shown to SID Display Week attendees. As opposed to Samsung’s display, attendees were treated to a moving scene.

Samsung Reveals 4K ExynosVR Standalone Reference Design With Eye-Tracking

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All-in-one VR headsets are set to become a reality by the end of the year, and Samsung has finally revealed its take on the concept. We don’t know what Samsung’s plans for the device are just yet but given that this is a prototype for potential future products it’s very possible any consumer products that come out of this design sport eye-tracking too. We’ve reached out to Samsung to ask for more information on the device.

Apple Should Be Very Worried About Google’s Pixel

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I’ve been an iPhone owner since the first generation, but over the last few years I’ve purchased Samsung phones for VR too. Google is claiming Pixel has a better camera than the iPhone 7 (though they didn’t mention the 7+) and it is pairing that camera with unlimited full resolution storage of photos and videos shot with the device. Instead, Google stores “high quality” versions said to be “good for typical printing and sharing.”

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In latest blow to mobile VR, Google ends Poly and Expeditions

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Earlier this summer, Google shut down yet another virtual reality app , the 3D objects library called Poly. Google Expeditions also had five virtual tours of major league baseball stadiums and a tour of the International Space Station. In 2019, Google stopped selling the headset.

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Google Brings Stable WebVR Support To Chrome on Daydream

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Late last month Google opened the doors to its Daydream mobile VR ecosystem up to developers, and now it’s doing the same for the web. To celebrate the launch, Google provided a few examples of where to find the best WebVR content so far. Google isn’t the only one pushing WebVR right now; Samsung is supporting the API with its internet browser for Gear VR , and Oculus is working on its very own browser, codenamed Carmel , that will work with both Gear VR and the Rift.

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Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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Expected to be rolled out in phases prior to the theatrical opening on November 17, 2017, the Justice League VR experience will have a four-stage unveiling that culminates with a full blown room-scale experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR. The first taste of the VR experience is already available for Google Cardboard as part of a promotional demo in partnership with Gillette.

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Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap

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Today marks the launch of Google’s high-end Android VR platform, Daydream , a major step beyond Cardboard and a serious competitor to Gear VR. Google has been playing in the VR space since 2014 back when they launched the Cardboard initiative, a super low barrier starting point for VR which let people pair any modern smartphone with a $15 headset literally made out of cardboard.

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Google Expects “Tens of Millions” of Daydream-Ready Devices on the Market By Year’s End

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During Day 2 of Google I/O 2017, following major announcements of support for standalone VR headsets and a ‘2.0’ Today, there are eight Daydream-Ready devices on the market, and momentum will continue to build throughout the year as flagship products from Samsung and LG begin to support the platform. The announcement of Samsung’s flagship S8 and S8+ receiving Daydream support is particularly notable, as they represent the best devices for use on the competing Gear VR platform.

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Facebook Messenger lands on Oculus Quest

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Alongside, the Messenger update, Facebook also shared that with the new update, they will be rolling out what they call App Lab, essentially a TestFlight-like feature to allow Quest users to download content outside of the curated Oculus Store.

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Oculus Go Dev Kits Begin Shipping

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A first look at Oculus’ standalone VR headset. One of the biggest announcements that came out of Oculus Connect in October was the unveiling of a $199 standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Go , the upcoming headset is basically an all-in-one mobile computer. And with a price tag of $199, Oculus Go not only cuts the cord, but makes VR more accessible to the masses. This means developers building for Gear VR are already building for Oculus Go.

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Is Your Phone Ready for Digital Actuality?

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New Estimate Suggests Samsung Approaching 10 Million Gear VRs Sold By 2018

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The manufacturers have released only limited data points — with Samsung coming out with the largest number to date revealing the technology giant sold 5 million Gear VRs through the beginning of the year. To our knowledge, Google has released nothing to officially give any indication of Daydream’s performance in the market since it went on sale late last year. The firm projects the overall mobile VR king this year will be Samsung approaching 10 million units total.