08
Jul
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Fire up the rumor mill, because with the annual IFA trade show just two months away, the leaks are already starting to roll in. Today's comes from Sammobile in the form of two new images relating to Samsung's upcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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The first image would seem to confirm the Gear VR branding (it appears to be a screenshot from a setup app), while the second may be a first-use tutorial. The image of the headset itself, though, is what's interesting - Samsung's Gear VR looks like quite a polished piece of hardware, at least in the aesthetic sense, sporting ear pads and what looks to be a rather comically oversized nose bridge pad / gasket. Presumably, there's a big fat set of convex lenses in there, too.

Sammobile claims that unlike Oculus or Sony's Morpheus, though, Gear VR will be powered by your smartphone, more akin to Google's Cardboard handout at I/O this year. And, like Cardboard, Gear VR will also make use of your smartphone's rear camera to act as an AR (augmented reality) interface, so you don't have to take it off to interact with your surroundings.*

(*Warning: Using Gear VR in public could cause you to look monumentally stupid, run into things, and scare small children / animals. Please consult your doctor / therapist / common sense before using Gear VR in public.)

And what, pray tell, is going to be Samsung's big sell on Gear VR? Apps, of course - through Samsung's proprietary app store, a la the Gear smartwatches. Apps like video players, the gallery, and 360-degree panorama image viewers. Samsung is also partnering with Oculus on the software side of Gear VR, so hopefully that will also mean we'll be seeing significant interest from game developers in the device which, frankly, is probably 95% of the VR business model at the moment.

Based on the diagram, Gear VR will be controlled by a Glass-style touchpad on the right temple, along with a button just above the touch area. The image here doesn't show any external connectivity options or other ports, but one can hope that Samsung's Oculus partnership means that Oculus-ready PC titles might be able to mirror from your computer to the smartphone inside Gear VR. At least, that's what we all probably would like.

Sammobile claims Gear VR will launch alongside the Note 4 at IFA, in Berlin, this September.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • veRdiKt

    Scuba Diving Goggles. Cool.

    • NexusKoolaid

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    NOTE 4!!! OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

    OK not really. The Note line makes more sense as tablets rather than phones, IMO. That said, when the Note 4 finally does drop, I'll probably by one because gadget whore and because SHINY NEW TOY! ;)

    • remister

      Note Series is the only thing I touch that is from Samsung...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        I agree. I just like the Note tablets better than the phones. I think they're more functional. Multi-window is a perfect example. It's infinitely more useful on a 10.1, or 12.2" screen than it is on a 5.7" screen.

    • DanSan

      Oooo a piece of candy!

    • abobobilly

      The more iteration of Note series are coming, the less i feel connected with it. When first Note device was launched, the response was electric. 2nd device made us forget, like everything in the market. 3rd Note 3 was simply orgasamic, but it clearly did not have that huge impact as the first two devices.

      With Note 4, i am sure it'll be a big hit, and will definitely sell well ... but somehow that "Gap" between Note series and the rest of the products coming in market is closing FAST. (hence my earlier impression that "i feel less connected towards it, now"

  • remister

    First question:
    How does this thing charge? Is it durable? Will I see an ugly TouchWiz ICS interface?

  • esper256

    Should have been called Samsung Head Gear.

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  • Zyre

    Another generic naming from Samsung. Samsung ''Gear'' VR? Really?

  • Peter Blanco

    Did the visual boy make a return?

    • Alex Boro

      *Virtual

      • Michael

        A Verizon Exclusive.

  • Cam Cam

    I just received a call on my cell phone and Google Hangouts rang as well. ?????? ?? ??? ????????

    • Peter Blanco

      Wut?

    • http://communityfirstdigital.co.uk/ Luke Arran

      ??????? ?????????????????? ??????????

      • Cam Cam

        I just noticed I have call forwarding on in Google Voice so false alarm. Sorry.

        • ddpacino

          LOL. Did you only just notice this?

          • Cam Cam

            Lol I set it up a loooooong time ago and never changed it. It all made sense when I saw the setting still on. Basically I'm an idiot.

          • ddpacino

            LOL, I'm sure most of us GV users started using it years ago. However, I've had the experience of a call coming in on Gtalk/Hangouts on the desktop/laptop since I could remember. I'm just wondering why this might be your first time seeing that.

    • Nick Cannon

      Answer it

    • Godspoken

      soon backanswer

  • Nick Cannon

    This with the Note 4 is gonna cost close to $1000. I think that's how Samsung will make its money...

  • troydoran

    Just bring forth the note 4

  • WilliamSurname

    I wonder what the rationale was for making a VR headset for phones and tablets. "Hey, let's make a piece of serious gaming hardware, then make it so that we completely fail to target the demographics most interested in the hardware by making it for phones and tablets instead of consoles and PCs!"

    The augmented reality stuff is kinda interesting, and smartphone compatibility and integration isn't a bad thing. They'd have been awesome extras to set the device apart from the Oculus Rift and Morpheus. As the core of the device with PC or console gaming being something for people to maybe hack in? I honestly can't imagine someone actually buying it.

  • PhilNelwyn

    I'll wait for the next model...

    • abobobilly

      That is so gay :S

      • PhilNelwyn

        Umm... Ok.
        And this?

        • abobobilly

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  • abobobilly

    Is that warning for reals? -.-