Not many people have had the luxury to test out Samsung’s Gear VR or even Google’s Cardboard, but for those who have, you can agree there’s a future for virtual reality and mobile devices. Google, among a slew of developers have created quite a few demonstration apps for VR, but few have created an immersive experience. All of the demo apps I have tried are wonderful, but I am always left wanting for more content. Google’s own Cardboard app, shows hints of what can come of virtual reality and it is exciting, mainly because it will be a new way to immerse yourself in content. How cool would it be to use street view and rather than clicking your screen, you just turn your head to see what is around you on the map? Or when you’re snowed in(Boston), you can strap on your VR headset and drop yourself in the middle of Hawaii to free yourself from the cold.
Leave it to Samsung, and Oculus to pave the path for the rest of the manufacturers, as they have announced a paid app store specifically for Gear VR which is specific to the Note 4. Just like when the original app stores arrived to mobile devices, there is a large opportunity for developers to make money in an industry that has yet to be tapped. More importantly, the paid app store gets us that much closer to actually having apps beyond demos.
It’s nice to see Samsung put those R&D dollars to good use, as they were second in the world the last two years in spending in R&D.
Source – Engadget