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Samsung Galaxy Beta users can't use their Gear VR headsets

Fans of the Gear VR will be sorely disappointed when they try to strap on their headset using Android 7.0 Nougat.

Published onNovember 18, 2016


Samsung originally introduced the Galaxy Beta program to allow for select users to try out the newest version of Android on their Samsung devices, but many early adopters are having some un-predicted complications because of it.

While your phone may be fine with running the most up to date experience Android has to offer, Oculus isn’t. The app hasn’t yet been updated to support Android Nougat, so many users are finding that their Oculus Gear VR app will not run while enrolled in the beta program. While this is hardly a deal-breaker for many, there are some users that are absolutely in love with their Gear VR headset, and are more worried about being able to use that than being on the latest and greatest version of Android.

You may be wondering, “how do I roll back?” This is actually quite simple and can be done by opening up the beta app which Samsung is using to get people into the experience, then de-registering yourself from the program. The phone will then install Android Marshmallow on your phone once again, and after a few selections and a bit of waiting, you should be ready to go. If you used some other method to install Nougat onto your device however, you’re going to have to re-flash the stock rom for your Galaxy device to get back to the original stable state.

While this may come as a bumber for many, we are likely not too far off from either Samsung officially upgrading Galaxy devices to Nougat themselves, or Oculus adding support to the new OS though their Android app.

What is more important to you? Would you prefer to be on the cutting edge of Android, or use your Gear VR to your heart’s content?

This was originally published at our sibling site, VR Source. 

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