As part of the continued stream of announcements for the Samsung Gear VR taking place at the Samsung Unpacked event, New York, today, Oculus VR has announced the launch of a brand new web browser for the mobile virtual reality (VR) device. Available now, the Oculus Browser is available for all commercial editions of the Samsung Gear VR.
The Oculus Browser is a fully native app that renders video, images, and text on the Samsung Gear VR, as well as letting you search the web directly from Home. Using the virtual keyboard users can navigate search engines, websites and social media channels just like you would on a desktop. The browser brings 2D and most 360 degree video content right into Oculus Home.
Whether or not the Oculus Browser is the first taste of the ‘Carmel’ browser revealed at Oculus Connect 3 (outside of the developer preview build for Oculus Rift) late last year is not yet known. However, for regular users of the Samsung Gear VR, any improvement over the previous default browser, Samsung Internet, will be welcomed.
There’s plenty more details on Samsung and Oculus VR’s initiatives to come from today’s Samsung Unpacked event, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.