Samsung VR App Supports Web Browsers
Samsung is going to release an app for its virtual reality headset Gear, this week that will support both 3D video and 360-degree streaming, and also any HTML5 video from the web. This app will be a great start in bringing more content to the device. According to Samsung, the browser, dubbed as “The Internet for VR,” will be released using Gear VR’s Oculus Store in a beta version today.
Samsung says that the app “supports both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, as well as any HTML5 video from the web,” which means that the users can either watch a 2D flat video or can use the various virtual reality options provided by YouTube. It supports an on-screen keyboard and voice recognition, and it will feature a “gaze mode” that will let the users gaze at things to choose them instead of tapping them on the trackpad. However, the gaze-based selection is common in some games and apps like Land’s End and Gear VR app of Netflix already uses an on-screen keyboard. This app will also import bookmarks from the non virtual reality browser on the phone.
If you own the Samsung Gear VR, then you may use it for watching movies and videos, or for playing some games. You can use an on-screen keyboard and voice recognition when you need some extra accuracy. You may check this new web browser, rather than move away from the virtual reality experience. This browser is specially optimized and developed for the Samsung Gear VR. This is an app that transforms the OS into virtual reality and is called Virtual Desktop.
Samsung advertised its “Gaze Mode” where the users are able to select menus by staring at them. The Samsung Internet for the Gear VR will be available on Oculus Store to download from tomorrow. The supported devices for this app include The Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. Your experience may differ with this particular feature, though, this is just the beta version of the virtual reality browse. This is a virtual reality web browser that is seemed directed at allowing people to stream videos from the places like the YouTube without using a recommended app while giving common internet access.
This browser will allow the user to go to any website, and watch 3D and 360-degree videos on the web. The app will import bookmarks from the regular web browser of the mobile devices and the users will also be able to enter the web addresses.
So which videos will be good to watch on this? In theory, every video publisher could benefit from it as the user will also be able to watch standard 2D videos. But, this browser will be particularly interesting for any person who is interested in these two things: YouTube and adult content.
As most of the people head to a web browser for the information and entertainment they need before they think to go to Netflix or any app store or even the TV. Some of the questions that are very common in virtual reality are “can I do that?” or “can I do this?” The most mentioned phrase that it revolves around is internet browsing.
The voice search is pretty useful for searching the things which are provided by Google. There are some sites to get started in your default bookmarks, such as Google, Yahoo, YouTube, and Facebook with a tab for more suggested sites once you start browsing a group of them.
Actually, the feature of “Gaze Mode” is quite handy. It will click the link for you automatically when you gaze at a specific item for a second or so. This feature will prove annoying when you are trying to read some content with a bunch of hyperlinks. You may kick off a page that you don’t want to.
Currently, there is no YouTube app available for Gear VR, because Google is focusing its virtual reality struggle on its own Cardboard platform. Likewise, the publishers of adult content are barred from the Oculus store, but a number of websites have started targeting the owners of Gear VR with their dedicated 360-degree videos. This browser will make it easier to reach the audience for these publishers.
However, Gear VR could gain even more from having a browser on the device, in the long run.
A number of the virtual reality developers have started to develop virtual reality technology on web standards that will one day make it possible to publish the complex experiences and games on the web, without the distribution of the apps to each and every headset. Web sites can also offer a virtual reality mode, same as many websites offer a mobile version today.
There is no news on whether the Samsung wants to support the development of the web-based virtual reality standards, but the browser Internet for VR looks a good step in the right direction in the development of virtual reality.
Web browsers and other desktop interfaces are a common experimental genre for the virtual reality developers, from the JanusVR that turns the internet into a series of walkable rooms to the Virtual Desktop that converts the whole Windows interface into virtual reality. This browser by Samsung looks relatively simple, but if it performed well, then it will be one of the initial steps toward developing a workable mobile virtual reality platform.
However, the browsing window of this browser is a little bit small and I am not sure if you will be able to resize it. There is a feature for zooming in, but typically people would rather the window to take up more of the screen. The feature of YouTube support is a great addition to the Gear VR experience, particularly for the 360-degrees virtual reality videos.
So there it is for you, even though this should have launched with the Gear VR, Samsung doesn’t seem to have problems selling them.
As the Oculus store is developer friendly, we will probably see a few betas and tests from the other folks who have some ideas on how the web needs to look like in virtual reality. This is really the point when the things will really get fun. Google may become much more interesting in the future.
In terms of the experience, it is noted by the Samsung that this virtual reality based browser supports 3D and 360-degrees video streaming. And that’s all is in addition to the web-based HTML5 content. Samsung also pointed out that the browser also supports on-screen keyboard and voice recognition functionally to make the browsing experience more natural. This browser can also use the Gaze mode as well, where the users can select the content that they want just by staring at it.