Why should VR headset be limited to their own apps and specialized software? There’s a world of information out there, waiting to be found by curious users surfing the web. Remember. The internet has evolved, so someone had to come up with a good browser made for virtual reality; that someone seems to be Samsung.
The Korean giant has just announced Samsung Internet for Gear VR, a browser optimized for 3D headsets. Now users can take advantage of the whole internet without having to download anything locally. That is, aside from the growing catalog of apps and content becoming available to this newly-adopted technology.
This browser does support 360-degree video streaming, as well as HTML5 content, so it will be a breeze for developers to offer content for the Gear VR without having to go through specific app/content stores. They can simply make anything available through their own websites!
But there is one major issue to tackle before any browser makes it to market – input. How can we type with a VR headset? Samsung has implemented a couple methods. The first is voice recognition, a technique that…. speaks for itself. The second is a bit more interesting. There is an on-screen keyboard that can be manipulated with Gaze Mode, which means you can select letters, numbers and symbols by simply directing your moving your head around and pointing at your character of choice.
Samsung Internet for Gear VR is a pretty interesting concept and we really can’t wait to try it out. We are sure you feel the same way so let’s touch on how you can get your hands (or eyes) on this browser. The beta version will become available for download beginning December 2nd (tomorrow) from the Oculus Store. You will need a supported device. These include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5.
Who is downloading? Let us know how it treats you in the comments below!