Samsung has been known for making a lot of products and software. Their phones up until recently with the Galaxy S6 line and the Galaxy Note 5 line have been stocked full of features and software. They have also made a lot of phones for all those features. They have everything from high-end devices like their new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to low-end flip phones such as the Samsung Rugby 4. That being said not many in the tech community saw the Samsung Gear VR coming last September. Made to work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Samsung Gear VR partnered with Oculus VR a virtual reality company based out of Irvine, California. The Samsung Gear VR used the Note 4 screen to give the viewer a 3D interactive world at their fingertips. JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Samsung had this to say when the Samsung Gear VR was announced last year. “The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.
The first Gear VR was called the First Innovator Edition, and it was released to work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in December 2014. After the Samsung Galaxy S6 had been unveiled this spring, Samsung released a second edition Gear VR called the Second Innovator Edition. This model pretty much was identical to the old model with a few tweaks here and there. It was designed to use the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge as a screen just like the original model had with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Last month when Samsung took the wraps off its highly anticipated new phones the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ many expected a new Gear VR to debut as well. We would soon find out that was not the case. In fact, it was nearly a month later when Samsung’s mobile chief JK Shin told the tech world a new model was coming “Soon” in an interview, he gave to CNET in August this year. Now we are finding out new information from Samsung out of its home country of Korea. Per the new information, it’s looking like we will see a new 3rd edition Gear VR probably in 2016. It was also said that the new Gear VR would be a dedicated VR device and that the reason for the delay was because of Samsung’s efforts to get content exclusively for this new VR device. So with other tech companies starting to join the VR party, Samsung has a few more months to work on its latest VR headset. All while hoping it will stay the industry leader in this emerging new market.