Lenovo and Disney teaming up for immersive Star Wars VR experience

At a company event, Disney unveiled a VR system it has been developing with Lenovo to create an immersive Star Wars experience. For example, you can be playing HoloChess with movie characters, or engaging in lightsaber battles using a dedicated controller peripheral – that kind of cool stuff!

The Star Wars Jedi Challenges system comprises a special VR headset, a lightsaber controller, and apps ran on your smartphone. The headset is of the type where your smartphone is mounted in the front, so nothing too revolutionary here. But then again, this would help for a manageable price …


T-Mobile says Daydream VR capability is now live on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it's not

Google and Samsung have promised to bring Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this year. Unfortunately, since the announcement doesn’t contain any explicit timeframes, it’s almost impossible to guess when Daydream support will arrive on Samsung’s flagships.

However, it appears that U.S. carrier T-Mobile jumped the gun on the matter and confirmed that the last week’s update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ added Daydream VR support. It’s the same update that blocked Bixby remapping apps and added June security patch.

Sadly, Daydream support on T-Mobile’s …

ESPN and Samsung team up for a VR stream of extreme sports

ESPN is among the biggest sports networks in the world, and it’s always striving to push the boundaries of media and deliver a little extra to gain the edge over its competition. This time, the sports network has decided to stream the X Games – an extreme sports competition – in VR.

This is hardly the first time sports events get official VR streams. Both the NBA and the NCAA have already streamed some of its games in VR, and the PGA Tour made a single hole of The Players Championship available to watch in virtual reality.

Similar to other sports events before …

Nokia and Xiaomi sign a mystery patent exchange agreement, hint at future partnership in AR and VR tech

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might have heard a fresh rumor that upcoming Nokia devices could be equipped with a Xiaomi-designed Surge chipset. But this isn’t the only recent piece of news regarding Xiaomi and Nokia, as the two companies have just announced a strategic partnership, consisting of the latter licensing a number of patents to the former, buying others, the two collaborating on building network equipment, and also opening up to the possibility of future partnerships in areas such as augmented and virtual reality.

…Which is a completely misleading …

The Gear VR successor's technology revealed, includes eye tracking and hand recognition

Thanks to Korean firm Visual Camp, we get our first glimpse at a reference variant of the Samsung Exynos VR III head-mounted display – a standalone unit with built-in displays that connects to a smartphone through the USB port. This is considerably more sophisticated technology than the Samsung Gear VR, which requires mounting the entire smartphone in the headset’s front.

Visual Camp boasted about having their eye tracking technology integrated in Samsung’s HMD. The system is designed to sharpen the resolution of the part of the display being viewed by the user’s eyes, while reducing the …

New type of magnetic controller for VR headsets detailed in Samsung patent application

Samsung is already a major player in the developing mobile VR space, as the tech giant has sold more than 5 million units of its Gear VR headsets. The popularity of the gadget can be attributed to the fact that it’s relatively affordable and Samsung’s love for bundling it alongside its flagship smartphones. 
Although a solid product, the Gear VR currently lacks positional tracking and its controller is nowhere as advanced as some of its popular competitors such as the HTC Vive, PSVR, and Occulus Rift. 
It …

Samsung patents an authentication method for Gear VR based on "head recognition"

The Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly one of the most generous phones in terms of security features and biometric authentication offering users not one, but three trendy ways to lock or unlock the device: through a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and face detection capabilities. But neither these, nor the password- or swipe-based methods can be used to unlock the phone if it is inside the Gear VR headset – you need to first get it out, unlock it, and then put it back. But a new Samsung patent application registered in South Korea suggests that the company may have found a …

Samsung working on a standalone OLED Gear VR with ultra-high pixel density

According to sources in Korea, Samsung is cooking a standalone VR headset that is going to sport an inbuilt display with pixel density much higher than any other device on the market at the moment.

Allegedly, Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has asked partner supplier to develop a 2,000 ppi (pixels per inch) Fine Metal Mask for a new Gear VR set. The FMM is a component used in OLED displays and plays a major role in pixels’ quantity and distribution. Apparently, Samsung is also working on its own ultra-high-resolution OLED display for the VR unit, which …

Samsung announces Gear VR live partnerships with UFC, X-Games and Live Nation

Samsung has just confirmed it has teamed with UFC, X-Games and Live Nation to stream select live events so fans can enjoy immersive VR broadcasts of their favorite action sports and music events through the Gear VR platform.

Users who already own the Gear VR will benefit from the new service called VR Live Pass at no cost. The VR Live Pass on Gear VR events will begin in early June and will be available through the Samsung VR application.

The new service will allow Gear VR users to watch live entertainment events and performances while on the move. Moreover, …

Deal: Buy the LG G5 for just $299.99 and get a free LG 360 VR headset worth $129.99


LG tried to launch a whole new set of modular features with 2016’s LG G5 flagship phone. However, consumers didn’t take too kindly to it and this year’s LG G6 had removed all of the modular capabilities from the year before. Part of the reason for LG’s decision to give up on modular with this year’s flagship had to do with the Moto Z line released last year by Motorola/Lenovo. The Moto Z series made adding modular accessories a snap thanks to the 16 magnetic pins on the back of the handsets.

Eliminate the modular features, and you still have a serviceable high-end handset with the LG …