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Samsung updates internet app for Gear VR with new immersive features

After launching the software in December of last year, Samsung released a new version of its Gear VR web browser, Samsung Internet. The latest update focuses on giving “users greater control and a more immersive browsing experience.” This follows an announcement earlier this month that it would bring an updated Gear VR 2 and a Microsoft HoloLens competitor to the market.

Samsung explains how the app "allows users to surf the web and enjoy videos and photos on a large, virtual screen, just as if users were at the theater," while also pointing out its ability to integrate and synchronize data across Android smartphones also using Samsung Internet.

With the update, users can now change the background of the browser interface using graphics from OTOY, a cloud graphics company based out of Los Angeles, CA. This upgrade complements the existing "Skybox" feature, which added support for 360-degree backgrounds.

Samsung also integrated support for WebVR 1.0, a JavaScript-based rendering API, which lets VR devices work with web browsers, as well as a file browser, which lets users access data stored on their phones or on connected USB devices.

Version 4.2 of Samsung Internet is available to download today from the Oculus store.

Source: Samsung

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