Samsung Gear VR Headset Gets an Optimized Virtual Reality Web Browser
The special Web browser lets users view the Internet in a 360-degree virtual format over multiple screens inside the Gear VR headset.Samsung has released a beta version of an optimized Web browser for Samsung Gear VR users who want to browse the Internet using their Gear VR virtual reality headsets. The new beta application, Samsung Internet for Gear VR, was unveiled Dec. 2 by Samsung and is available through the Oculus Store. Oculus is Samsung's partner in the Gear VR project. By using the app, Gear VR users will be able to intuitively browse the Web and view what they are seeking in a more immersive atmosphere that doesn't require them to download content to their smartphones, according to Samsung. "As a pioneer in the mobile VR industry, Samsung has continually worked to provide our users with a fully immersive mobile experience in the evolving world of virtual reality," Chan-Woo Park, the vice president of the product strategy team for the IT and mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. "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." The Samsung Internet for Gear VR app supports 360-degree streaming, 3D video streaming and all HTML5 video on the Internet, the company said. The Internet for VR app also provides voice recognition, along with an on-screen keyboard. The app's Gaze Mode lets users select menus by simply gazing at them, without having to lift a finger, according to the company. It can also import bookmarks from the Samsung Internet for Android mobile Web browser and provides features such as Quick Access, Bookmarks and Tab Manager, giving users a familiar Web browsing experience.
The Samsung Internet for Gear VR beta version is available for download in the Oculus Store starting Dec. 2. Samsung devices that work with the Gear VR include the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5 smartphones.