LG Electronics has announced that it will bring 360-degree wallpapers to its latest premium smartphone, the LG G5. This latest initiative from LG is believed to be part of a larger push from the company towards virtual reality, especially now that the company has announced its own VR headset and a 360-degree camera. As for the 360-degree photos, those can be set as background images on the homescreen of the LG G5, as part of the company’s ‘360 Wallpaper’ feature that can be found on the LG G5. LG itself will initially make at least 12 photographs available on its LG SmartWorld platform, while four more will be added each month to the collection from May to November. LG also says that its images are shot by pro photographers and will depict both urban and natural landscapes.
According to Mr. Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company, “The G5 is designed to deliver a playful mobile experience to customers and 360-degree imagery is a key part of that experience. 360-degree photography is still in its early stages but we believe it will drive adoption of VR innovation in the mobile space”. LG says that the images will be available in at least 69 countries around the world and users interested in getting unique, 360-degree wallpapers on their LG G5 smartphones should either log on to the LGworld website or download the app from Google Play to get more details. Of course, users will also be able to shoot their own 360-degree images with any of the 360-degree cameras available on the market and set them as wallpapers.
LG has been slow to the virtual reality scene, but with industry insiders tipping the sector to pick up steam in the near future, the company has been jumping onto the VR bandwagon in recent times. As part of the company’s recent efforts to keep itself relevant in a world where VR is all the rage, the company recently unveiled a virtual reality headset called the LG 360 VR, as well as a 360-degree camera called the LG 360 Cam. Now, with the company going out of its way to announce the availability of a bunch of 360-degree images for its new, shiny smartphone, LG Electronics seems to have well and truly caught the virtual reality bug.