The Galaxy VR Innovator Edition with Oculus technology is already available for purchase globally for $199. The headset is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet, but Samsung and Oculus will be launching a Galaxy S6-compatible edition as well.
The Galaxy S6-comaptible Gear VR Innovator Edition will hit the shelves in April in time for the Galaxy S6 release. VR content is available to download in the Oculus Store and it is constantly growing.
Samsung's newest smartwatch reinvents itself with a whole new look and feel to create one of the best-designed wrist gadgets around, it has an eye-catching design, a clever rotating bezel that's actually useful, beautiful display, solid health tracking and slightly better battery life than other high-end smartwatches. Plus, it works with a variety of Android phones.
The Gear S2 has a perfectly round screen, relatively small profile, and a few sleek band options. It comes in three different options, all of which have slightly different dimensions:
- The regular Gear S2 measures 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm and weighs a mere 47 grams.
- The Gear S2 Classic is slightly smaller at 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm and 42 grams.
- The Gear S2 with 3G connectivity is the bulkiest version, at 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm and 51 grams.
The regular Galaxy Gear S2 cost $299.99 and the Classic will cost $349.99. Both versions of the round watch were on sale October 2 at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy and few other retailers.
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The Tizen based Samsung Gear S2 has just received an update which brings a lot of new features to the smartwatch. The user will now be able to set any image of his/her choice as the Watch Face, due to the addition of the new My Photo functionality. Whether you call it a fix or a feature is up to you though.
What we found to be more interesting and useful is the much needed but previously lacking ability of the Gear S2 to install apps by itself, without the help of a paired smartphone. This would of course, make the smartwatch much more useful and independent than before and we appreciate it.
Additionally, your smartwatch will now automatically track how much you are sleeping as well. If you want, you can use the device to update on social media websites about your daily fitness related activities. There are also some cosmetic changes to the weather apps and the world clock, along with some improvements to the overall stability of the device's software. If you are using the Gear S2 Sport, the update package should have the build number R730XXU2DPFB and in case of the S2 Classic, the build number should be R732XXU2DPFB.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It is fairly typical that the hardware innovations come first, and then consumers and businesses play catch up with content. HDTVs are facing this battle and virtual reality devices are doing so too.
Gear 360 is Samsung's latest VR camera. It captures two 185-degree angles via two cameras on either side of the globe-like device that sits on its own mini tripod. The data is stored on a 128GB microSD card. The files are able to be stitched back together again for a full 360-degree view using software.
What's interesting about the just announced Samung Galaxy S7 smartphone is that it is powerful enough to stitch together video or images, via Bluetooth. A powerful desktop computer is no longer needed. In fact, the S7 can shrink the video or image size down to something more easily viewable on lesser devices. It will also work as a remote for the Gear 360 VR camera too.
The Gear 360 comes with two fish-eye lenses that capture 30-megapixel resolution images. This is a 3840 x 1920 resolution which falls just shy of being Ultra 4K. There are two audio microphones present, so audio can also be captured in stereo.
A small PMOLED display at the top of the 360 camera can control the video mode and a few other minor settings. Whilst appearing small, the camera actually weights 5.4 ounces - matching the weight of the S7 - but it is quite portable. However, perhaps its best use is to be placed on a tripod in the center of the room to record video and audio using its 360-degree perspective.
Samsung is keen to get the early adopters to try out virtual reality headsets for themselves. They're doing this by offering a pre-order bonus of a Gear VR headset with every purchase of a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The pre-order must be in place before March 18 and can be ordered via a web form starting March 4.
Oculus is getting in on the act too (Gear VR actually comes from Oculus) with an additional offer of six Gear VR games bundled for free in the package. This has a retail value of $50. The games bundle will vary from mobile carrier to mobile carrier, but may include Land's End, Anshar Wars 2, and EVE: Gunjack.
For consumers who need a new phone and were also considering delving into some virtual reality, the cost of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge comes close to just the cost of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive alone. For buyers who move fast, they can enjoy perhaps their first taste of virtual reality with the Gear VR headset without paying more than the cost of the S7/S7 edge. These types of consumers may also find the separate cost of a high-end virtual reality headset from Oculus to be too expensive.
The next iteration in the S line of devices is the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge which come with some interesting new features. The Gear 360 virtual reality camera is also available for use with these flagship handsets. However, previous Gear VR headsets are also compatible with the S7 and S7 edge models.
The Galaxy S7 will be available for 699 Euros and the Galaxy S7 edge will be priced at 799 Euros. The good news is that the Galaxy S7 edge is actually less expensive than the previous Galaxy S6 edge by 50 Euros. However, the Galaxy S7 comes in at the same price as its predecessor, the Galaxy S6.
The Gear 360 is a small camera that will cost a surprising 419 Euros. This might hurt the wallet or purse quite a bit. With that said, it can truly take 360-degree photos and videos which sets it apart from the competition. For anyone interested in using this feature for YouTube videos or live streaming, it opens up some new, interesting options.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available from March 11. The Gear 360 is slated for release in the second quarter of 2016.
T-Mobile has now made it official on Twitter that the just-released Samsung Gear S3 is coming to the carrier. It would be the frontier LTE variant of the smartwatch that will be available from the carrier and not the Gear S3 Classic. Here's the tweet from the company,
"The @SamsungMobileUS Gear S3 frontier is our first LTE connected smartwatch. Look for it to hit stores this fall!"
The Gear S3 is quite a big device with a screen size of 1.3-inches and a diameter of 46mm, especially when compared to its predecessor, the S2. It is undoubtedly, targeted more towards the male customers. When it comes to improvements, the Gear S3 has a much better Always On display with the full gamut of 16 million colors and this time around, you can even see the second hand moving on the AO screen. It also supports voice calls (frontier LTE versions only), MST and NFC based Samsung Pay, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and has an IP68 certification for water resistance.
Both versions of the Samsung Gear S3 can withstand extreme cold and extreme heat, but only the S3 frontier (black only) with rubber bands has LTE/3G connectivity option. The silver colored S3 Classic on the other hand, comes with leather wrist bands. Both the smartwatches are protected by Gorilla Glass SR+ on top.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We have had a good look at the Gear S3 Classic and the Frontier back in September when it was showcased at the IFA, but it hasn't hit all the major markets around the world yet. However, that is about to change because the two smartwatches just went on sale in South Korea. They will also be going on sale in markets around the world in the upcoming weeks, starting with the US, the UK, Germany France, Australia, Dubai and Singapore on November 18.
Both smartwatches will be running on Samsung's own Tizen OS, but only the Frontier has LTE connectivity via an embedded SIM. The S3 Frontier will be coming to T-Mobile in the US, but do check with your local carrier to know if the watch will be supported by them. All other features including the GPS navigation, the IP68 waterproofing and the heart-monitor are identical. Although Samsung Pay is supported by both the smartwatches, the facility will only be available in the US, Australia and Singapore at the moment.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Along with the Note 4 announcement, Samsung also revealed its first Virtual Reality kit. Samsung Gear VR is Now Available online from AT&T and it may get out of stock very soon, so if you really want one... Hurry! The Samsung Gear VR is perhaps one of the most interesting smartphone-based hardware kits ever.
Samsung has also joined in the forefront of the endeavor with the collaborative venture that is the Samsung Gear VR. It is based on Oculus hardware and harnesses the computing capabilities and glorious QHD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Note 4. It is set to deliver the most immersive VR experience to date and needless to say developers and tech-savvy consumers everywhere are excited.
The long awaited device was set to hit the market this month and just as promised AT&T has listed the Samsung Gear VR in its online store for the price of $199. For this price you get a full kit and a 16GB microSD card preloaded with virtual reality content. You do Need to have a Galaxy Note 4 for it to work.
Qantas Airways wants to use a Virtual Reality headset, Samsung Gear VR, to take you anywhere you want while in a first class cabin of selected Airbus A380 flights. Select first class lounges (in Sydney and Melbourne) will also get the Gear VR so you can preview your destination.
Another use is to view movies on a large virtual screen, instead of the small display you normally get. And if you find yourself missing the feeling of flight those games give you, you can get a real-life view of the landing through the plane's external cameras.
The Samsung Gear VR is a headset that combines with a Galaxy Note 4 to provide an experience similar to the Oculus Rift. Jaunt and Tourism NT will provide live-action footage of various destination.
The Gear VR headsets will be offered to first class flyers in Sydney and Melbourne's lounges and in the first class cabin of A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles. The trial will start in mid-March and run for three months.
Just as previously announced, the Samsung Gear VR headset for the company's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones is now available to buy in the US. Not only that, but it can also be found in stock, both at Best Buy and at Samsung's own online store.
The virtual reality headset has been up for pre-order in the US since April, and it's also been launched in Japan. Hopefully it will get a wider release across the world soon, now that both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge are up for grabs pretty much everywhere. Gear VR Innovator Edition costs about $199.99.
After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.
"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.
In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although the Galaxy S8 won\'t be available for purchase until mid-April, we have news regarding the Tab S3 which Samsung is going to launch in a week or so, at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona. There are also a few recent snippets on other subjects which you might like.
Metal-glass build for the Galaxy Tab S3
In a live image of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, leaked by the Taiwan National Communication Propagation Committee (NCC), a metal and glass build for the tablet was revealed. Samsung had submitted the tablet to them as a part of the regulatory pre-release approval in the country. The Tab S3 now has the certification number CCAH17LP0380T2 in Taiwan and should be available for purchase from early next month.
Gear VR with a Controller
Check out this Gear VR headset which is rumoured to come out with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ next month. According to this leak by Roland Quandt, the new VR headset will have the model number SM-R324 and \"a single hand controller.\" We will have to wait and see if Samsung incorporates the controller with the VR headset in the same way Google did it with their wireless controller and the DayDream VR.
We knew that Samsung is probably going to shift to Exynos series 9 from 2017 for its flagship SoC range, but thanks to an Indian intern\'s LinkedIn profile, we may also have the model number; Exynos 9810. The rumoured 9810M is supposed to have a more powerful Mali G-71 GPU with 20 cores, while the 9810V could have the slightly less powerful version of the same GPU, with 18 cores.
That\'s it for now, but stay tuned as we will bring you more as soon as there\'s more to bring to you.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 9 is not a revolutionary device like the original Note was, but it is without a doubt, the best Galaxy Note ever released by Samsung. It's pricey and it doesn't exactly bring anything new to the table, but it refines everything about the Galaxy Note 8 and adds a number of new features and improvements that makes it a superb flagship smartphone, albeit at a steep starting price of $999! However, if you have a Gear VR, there's some bad news and good news.
Firstly, did you know that the old Gear VR cannot accommodate the Note 9 without physical modifications? Since Samsung did not even release a new VR headset with the Note 9 like they did last year with the Note 8, this is really bad news. The good news is that Samsung has already promised to ship a free Gear VR adapter that will let users equip the Gear VR headset with the Galaxy Note 9. However, the customer will need to contact Samsung's customer care by phone, chat or email and request the adapter. It is expected that the adapter will reach customers within two-weeks of the request or sooner, but this leads to the question, why did Samsung not include the adapter within the box?
Samsung officially announced the Gear S smartwatch with 3G connectivity on board. The Tizen-based wearable device will begin rolling out in markets around the globe starting in October.
Samsung Gear S features a 2" curved Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, coupled with 512MB of RAM.
The rest of the device's specs include 4GB of built-in memory, full connectivity suite including quad-band 2G/3G, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS, and USB 2.0. The smartwatch will also be able to make and receive phone calls through an optional neck accessory with Bluetooth dubbed Samsung Gear Circle. Check the Full Gear S Specifications Here.
Samsung Gear S will make its way to the United States at some point this fall. The Korean giant announced the upcoming availability of its latest smartwatch.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all offer the 3G-capable wearable device. Pricing and exact availability of the gadget will be announced at a later date.
The Samsung Gear S features curved 2" Super AMOLED display, extensive connectivity suite, and Tizen OS.
How powerful a Smart Watch really is ? Well, we can now answer this question... It's powerful enough to run an Operating System.
Samsung Gear Live can boot Microsoft Windows 95. A user managed to install this classic desktop OS on his Android Wear smartwatch.
The successful port of Windows 95 was performed using aDosBox. The latter is an emulator that allows the x86 operational system to run on Android devices. Watch the Video below to see it in action.
Today, Samsung released a Teaser poster shows a rounded design Smartwatch, the Korean company didn't release any smartwatches this year. Samsung's upcoming Smartwatch is codenamed "Orbis", and will be called "Samsung Gear A". It will come with a round screen, unlike all of its predecessors.
Samsung confirmed that the Gear A will pack a round display through an official press release, the PR is announcing that the software development kit (SDK) for its next smartwatch will be out before the wearable itself launches.
In this way Samsung is inviting developers to design Apps for its new Rounded Smartwatch. Developers who are interested to take part in this effort can sign up at a dedicated website, and then wait for Samsung to contact them with more details.
The giveaway is in the image attached to said press release, which features only round app examples. So at least this is clear now. What's left to happen is for Samsung to actually announce the Gear A, and there's currently no telling when that will occur.
Samsung releases two flagships devices already, but no wearables yet. It looks like the Korean giant is preparing to reveal a new smartwatch for its new line-up, this time it will rounded and metal.
Samsung Gear S2 has been unofficially revealed as the New smartwatch apeared on a couple of promo images on Samsung's website. The Gear S2 will pack a Round display with seemless design and New User Inerface too.
Samsung Gear S2 will make its official debut during IFA in Berlin next month, on September 3. The smartwatch features circular display and sleek new user interface.
Samsung has just officially revealed a new wearable device, the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch with a first rounded face design. The high-end Tizen OS wearable device with rotating bezel and IP68 rating will be on display during IFA 2015 in Berlin in two different variants Gear S2 3G and Gear S2 classic.
The sportier Samsung Gear S2 will be available with dark gray case with black silicon band, or silver case with white silicon band. The classic model on the other hand, will feature a black case and matching leather band.
Specs-wise, Samsung Gear S2 features 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory. The display of the smartwatch is a 1.2" fully circular Super AMOLED unit with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and 302ppi.
Connectivity options for the smartwatch include Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. The Gear S2 3G variant with 3G network connectivity and e-SIM will also be available.
Physical measures of Samsung Gear S2 are 42.3 × 49.8 × 11.4mm, while its weight tips the scale at 47 grams. The classic model is a tad more elegant with measures of 39.9 × 43.6 × 11.4mm and a weight of 42 grams. A 250mAh battery will power both devices it is rated to last for 2-3 days of regular usage.
The 3G variant of the smartwatch will pack a larger 300mAh battery, which will last for two days of regular use. The measures of this particular variant are 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm, while its weight comes in at 51 grams.
Today, Android Wear build KMV78Y is rolling out to the Samsung Gear live, which is was also released to the LG G Watch too.
The update is staged, so it will show up on your watch whenever it shows up. However, the OTA URL has been captured and can be found on XDA (Source link below). Simply download the update and install it with ADB sideload. There are no guarantees this will go off without a hitch, though. Waiting for the real OTA is probably reasonable, especially considering we don't know what this update does yet.
Samsung announced the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet last week. The Pricing details are out, it will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it's pretty much official.
Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places.
With this, the final piece in the Gear VR's pricing puzzle was put in its place. Recently a rumor claimed the Gear VR would cost €199 in the Eurozone. And since mobile devices and accessories usually get the exact same prices in dollars and euros, the $199 amount for the US seems to confirm that same level for Europe.
Alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet, Samsung is today announcing a new accessory, the Gear VR. The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset powered by the Note 4. Samsung built it in partnership with Oculus, maker of the Oculus Rift, arguably the best VR headset, and recent Facebook acquistion. The company says the Gear VR will be available later this fall for an unspecified price.
The Gear VR brings to mind Google's Cardboard project, which uses a smartphone and cheap lenses to provide a basic 3D virtual reality experience.
The Gear VR uses the Note 4 (and Only the Note 4, it's not compatible with any other smartphone, Samsung or otherwise) for all of its processing and display features. The Note 4 snaps into the Gear VR, in front of dual-lenses that provide the 3D effect. There's a trackpad and back button on the right side of the Gear VR, and a focus adjustment on top. Samsung tells me that it's compatible with Bluetooth gaming controllers, but there aren't any specific controls for your hands at this time. Navigating menus, exploring worlds, and playing games is mostly done with head movements and taps on the side-mounted trackpad.
Using the Gear VR is very similar to using the Oculus Rift: it's a completely immersive experience that detaches you from your real environment. But unlike the Rift, there are no wires tethering you and the Gear VR to a computer, so you can freely move about and walk around. And since you strap the Gear VR to your head, you don't have to hold up to your face the entire time like Google Cardboard. There is a mode to enable the Note 4's rear camera while wearing the Gear VR, so you can "switch off" the virtual experience and see the real world.
Samsung release a New Wearable device called the Samsung Gear VR, it's a Virtual Reality headset powered by Oculus, that gives you an incredible experience using your Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note 4 Edge as the Gear VR is only compatible with these two devices.
The important thing to remember about the Samsung Gear VR is that Oculus played a major role in its creation, and this is made obvious by the "Powered by Oculus" marking on the side of the Samsung gadget. Where the two differ, however, is that the Gear VR will require an Android device to work (a Note 4), and that's important because the electronics giant will have to spur enough developer interest to jump-start the category on Android.
Whether Samsung is to be met with success in that regard remains to be seen, so, for the time being, the company is mostly focused on explaining what the Gear VR actually is, and what it's made of. To that end, Samsung has published an infographic on its corporate blog that gives you the basics of the Gear VR in an understandable and easy-to-digest format. Check it out below!
We already saw the Hands-on video of the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 update. However, Samsung didn't release the update yet on any region, even the old Galaxy Note 3 got its official Lollipop update in some regions...
Where's the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update ?
Well, it turns out that Samsung delayed the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 update due to compatibility issues with Samsung Gear VR. Samsung needs to make sure that the Gear VR will work well on the Note 4 Lollipop ROM, so far the Galaxy Note 4 ROM is still in the hands of Oculus VR who are tweaking the kernel to ensure its compatibility with the Samsung Gear VR.
Samsung Gear VR is Samsung's current take on virtual reality headset based on the popular Oculus Rift. While compatibility issues might explain the delay the question still stands why this can't be achieved in a later update. It looks like Gear VR is very important to Samsung that it delayed the full Lollipop roll-out for it.