The Gear VR is Samsung's attempt in fulfilling virtual reality. Using a compatible Galaxy smartphone, the Gear VR allows users to play games, watch movies, and, finally, browse the Internet, thanks to a new browser that Samsung specifically created for the device.
Enter the Samsung Internet for Gear VR, an Internet browser that's optimized for virtual reality, allowing users to seamlessly browse the web without the need to download any content on their smartphones. Apart from HTML5 videos, the browser also supports 360-degree and 3D video streaming.
To improve the virtual reality experience, Samsung is upping the ante by adding voice recognition and a “Gaze mode,” which lets users select menus by simply staring at them. Samsung says you don't even need to use your fingers to navigate the browser. There's also an on-screen keyboard, which is great.
“As the demand for 360-degree, immersive video content rapidly rises, Samsung Internet for Gear VR further enriches the VR content ecosystem for our consumers, setting an industry standard for the VR viewing experience,” says Chan-Woo Park, Vice President of Product Strategy Team, IT and Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
In addition to the basic features, the browser can also import bookmarks from your favorite web browser. A tab manager and quick access feature offers a familiar web browsing experience.
The Samsung Internet for Gear VR works on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note5. You may download the browser from the Oculus Store. Although it sounds promising, the browser could be difficult to use, at least during your first try.
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