If you happen to own a Samsung Gear VR headset, tomorrow you will have a new tools at your disposal that will let you do a lot more with your VR headset than just playing games and using applications designed for the Gear VR. The company is calling it the ‘Samsung Internet for Gear VR’.
What this actually means is that Samsung will be launching the beta version of their web browser for the Gear VR. What this browser will do is allow users to do things like stream videos from YouTube and doing other media related activities without the use of a dedicated application for it. So you will be able to go to websites, view videos, and other general activities you would normally do when online.
This new browser apparently will support both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, as well as any HTML5 video from the web. Technically this means you could watch any type of video and not necessarily a VR one. It will also come with voice recognition and an on-screen keyboard. It’ll also come with a “gaze mode” that lets users simply stare at things to select them, which sounds slightly weird even though it is useful. Lastly, this app will also import bookmarks from the phone’s non-VR mobile browser.
So, if you happen to own a Samsung Gear VR headset, starting tomorrow you will be able to do a lot more with your headset than what you’ve been able to do, which was still a lot.