One of the great features of our native mobile apps for Android and iOS is the ability to launch a video in “VR mode” for viewing in mobile-lite VR headsets like Google Cardboard. We’re excited to now offer similar functionality for the Samsung Gear VR.
Have a Gear VR and, presumably, a Gear VR compatible phone? Make sure you have the latest versions of our Android app and Gear VR app installed. Once you’ve done so, every video in the Android app will now have a “GR” button. Whenever you find a video in the Android app that you’d like to watch in your Gear VR, simply tap the “GR” button and, once prompted, snap your phone in your Gear VR. Within seconds, you’ll be enjoying the video in the full glory of your headset.
While working on this, we separately and additionally enhanced our Google Cardboard functionality on both of our mobile apps. You can now select your specific Google Cardboard viewer before watching videos in VR mode, and thus ensure an optimal viewing experience. (Note that for users with a Gear VR, the “VR mode” button will now appear with a “CB” in order to differentiate between launching a video in Cardboard and launching it in the Gear VR.) Once again, you’ll want to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of our Android app and/or iPhone app to access this new functionality.
We hope you enjoy these new features. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback!