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New Samsung app lets you surf the web in VR

Emma Clark

Published 02/12/2015 | 11:17


Samsung has released its Samsung Internet for Gear VR app, which will give Gear VR owners and wearers a typical browser-like experience in VR.

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Samsung launched its Gear VR headset a few weeks ago, and has just released a new app to let wearers browse the web in virtual reality (VR).

Samsung Internet for Gear VR is essentially a VR web browser that you can use to visit websites without having to jump out and use a dedicated app. This is one of the first official apps available that will allow you to access the internet through a typical browser-like experience in VR.

Not only can you browse the internet, but you can import browser bookmarks from your smartphone and jump between different browser tabs.

Samsung says that the Gear VR app supports "both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, as well as any HTML5 video from the web.” It sounds like the most convenient and natural way to enjoy those 360-degree videos that are cropping up on YouTube and Facebook.

The browser supports voice recognition and an on-screen keyboard, as well as “gaze mode” that lets you select things by staring at them.

The Samsung Internet for Gear VR web browser app is available in beta form from the Oculus Store today.

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