Flickr VR lets you enjoy 360 degree pictures with Gear VR
(Mirror Daily, United States) – There’s now a new way to look at breathtaking pictures, as Samsung Gear VR partners up with Flickr with the purpose of creating a new app. The two have taken the steps to present visitors with an amazing way to experience the high quality pictures of Flickr. Everything seems to be heading toward virtual reality.
The app will allow all Flickr users a way to view “tens of thousands” of 360 degree images. That implies immersive beautiful pictures that will step away from the 2D view. Flickr is already known for providing high quality, exquisite photos of impressive moments. It can only be imagined what it could do with a photo that would be explored from all angles.
Samsung Gear VR will essentially use that technology and bring the viewer into the picture instead. Users need to own the device and download the ‘Flickr VR’ app, and then they will be set on exploring each view of the numerous pictures offered and picked by Yahoo. Since virtual reality is a “sure thing of the future”, the database is likely to grow exponentially in the following years.
The 360 degree images will be available on the web as well, but little could defeat the true potential of VR. Through Samsung’s headset, you will be taken into a new world, and a new way of viewing a simple picture ranging from the Aurora Borealis to the Horshoe Bend.
Accordingt to Flickr, it’s just the beginning. Numerous other features are expected, such as gesture-based commands, moving the angles, browsing through the gallery, or organizing the images. However, that will arrive with the more high-tech VR headsets that will start launching next year. For now, Samsung Gear VR holds its own little space in the market, but it’s not one of the ‘big guns’ of that industry.
It’s expected that Flickr would make improvements that will take advantage of the excellent technology of headsets such as Oculus Rift, Vive, or others. However, they’re all still a couple of months away, with releases planned for the first quarter of 2016. That’s why Samsung Gear VR has secured itself a nice little spot for now, and the future.
The headset is more expensive and better performing than Google Cardboard, which is at a meager $4. Samsung Gear VR costs around $100, and feeds upon the performance of four smartphones: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Note 5. They secure its lead, at least for now. In 2016, the titans of VR will invade, and it’s expected for numerous services to up their game and embrace virtual reality.
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