Samsung has launched a Web browser for use on its Gear VR virtual reality headset. The Samsung Internet for Gear VR app allows users to browse the Web and view 360-degree and 3-D videos, as well as HTML5 videos, without having to download this content to their device.
The app includes an on-screen keyboard, and supports voice recognition and Gaze Mode, which allows users to select menus by looking at them. Users can import their bookmarks from the Samsung Internet for Android mobile Web browser, and also have access to a tab manager.
In a statement, Chan-Woo Park, vice president of product strategy team, IT and mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, commented:
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. 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 beta version of the Samsung Internet for Gear VR app is set for release in the Oculus Store today. The Gear VR is available to purchase for $99, and is compatible with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note5.