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Flickr’s app for Gear VR immerses you in thousands of 360-degree photos

by Brandon Russell | December 9, 2015December 9, 2015 6:00 pm PDT


There’s no shortage of things to do with Samsung’s Gear VR headset, but if you’re already getting bored, Yahoo on Wednesday introduced a new way to escape reality. With Flickr VR, users can access thousands of 360-degree photos that have been uploaded to the service over the years.

OK, so it’s not the most exciting content to ever hit VR, but it offers a nice escape from the mundanity of an office cubicle. Want to see the Aurora Borealis, or the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River? Just pop on the Gear VR and open Flickr’s new app; it’ll be the closest thing to feeling like you’re actually there, and a nice way to scope out a vacation spot before you actually go.

It’s a clever way for Flickr to not only encourage users to peep photos on its platform, but encourage users to upload spherical photos of their own. You’ll need a Gear VR (and compatible phone) in order to get the full experience, or you could simply use your computer and mouse, though the immersion isn’t quite the same.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...