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Internet for Gear VR is an optimized web browser for the virtual reality headset

In a bid to further strengthen its virtual reality content ecosystem Samsung today announced the launch of an optimized web browser for the Gear VR headset. Samsung Internet for Gear VR enables users to intuitively browse the internet in a more immersive environment without having to first download content on their smartphones.

With Internet for VR users can easily access online content with support for both 3D and 360-degree video streaming, aside from any HTML5 video on the web and enjoy it all in a fully immersive environment. To make it easy to input text Internet for VR also provides voice recognition as well as an on-screen keyboard, Gaze Mode lets users select menus by just gazing at them, eliminating the need to even lift a finger. This web browser for Samsung’s virtual reality headset can even import bookmarks for Samsung’s mobile web browser for Android, and provides features like Tab Manager, Bookmarks and Quick Access for effective web browsing in virtual reality.

Samsung Internet for VR is available for download starting today in beta from the Oculus Store, supported devices with the Gear VR include the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note 5.

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PRESS RELEASE: Samsung Launches Optimized Web Browser for Gear VR

Samsung Internet for Gear VR enables users to browse the web and enjoy content easily in a more immersive environment

SEOUL, Korea – December 2, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today announced the web browser optimized for Gear VR. Samsung Internet for Gear VR is the latest virtual reality service along with a strengthened VR content ecosystem. The app now allows users to intuitively browse the web and enjoy content in a more immersive atmosphere without having to download content on to their smartphones.

“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,” said Chan-Woo Park, Vice President of Product Strategy Team, IT & Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “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.”

Through the Internet for VR, users can directly enjoy a variety of on-line content by browsing the web. It supports both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, as well as any HTML5 video from the web, allowing users to enjoy video content in a fully immersive environment.

Furthermore, in order to make text input intuitive and easy, Internet for VR provides voice recognition, along with on-screen keyboard. With Gaze Mode, users can select menus by simply gazing at them, without having to lift a finger. The app can also import bookmarks from the mobile web browser, Samsung Internet for Android, and provides helpful features such as Quick Access, Bookmarks and Tab Manager, giving users a familiar web browsing experience.

Samsung Internet for Gear VR beta version will be available for download in the Oculus Store beginning December 2. Supported Samsung devices include: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note5 with Gear VR.

Full details are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com.

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