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Gear VR is getting its own Internet browser with voice controls, “Gaze” mode

by Jacob Kleinman | December 1, 2015December 1, 2015 7:00 pm PDT

Samsung’s Gear VR already offers plenty of videos, games and other content designed to take advantage of the virtual reality headset. Now the company is adding a browser specifically for VR.

Samsung Internet for Gear VR promises an intuitive experience that doesn’t stray too far from a traditional browser. There are bookmarks, which you can import from Samsung’s Android browser app, along with a Tab Manager for quickly jumping between different sites and Quick Access shortcuts.

You can navigate Samsung’s VR browser using the headset’s touchpad or with voice controls. The company’s also introducing Gaze Mode, which lets you pick something out of a menu by simply staring at it. Beyond browsing the web, you can watch 360-degree and 3D videos online.

Samsung Internet launches on Wednesday, December 2 in the Oculus Store. It will work on the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 5 and Note 4.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...