Samsung Internet for Gear VR

Optimized Web Browsing for Gear VR

Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you browse the web and enjoy contents in an immersive environment. Browse the web on a big screen, just as if you were at the theater.

Overview for Gear

In the first official version of Samsung Internet for Gear VR, the overall UX design was changed to adopt merits of existing PC and mobile browsers. Consequently providing more familiarity to, and reducing dizziness of users. Moreover, a curved UX which is applied to the new version of Samsung Internet for Gear VR makes the screen look fancier. Now Samsung Internet for Gear VR 5.6 brings more convenience and immersion to you.

Integration with Samsung Internet for Android

One of Samsung Internet’s main goals is to provide better integration among various Samsung devices. Following that goal, Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides features such as a continuous experience when switching to and from Samsung Internet for Android and synchronized Video History.

Connecting Gear VR

Connecting Gear VR to your mobile device with any web page or Full screen video open on Samsung Internet for Android will let you continuously view the same content using Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Supported Features

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides several features to make your VR web browsing easy and intuitive.

Video History

DLNA Support new

DLNA support allows users to stream their video and image files from DLNA media servers into the Samsung Internet for Gear VR. DLNA Media Servers will be shown in a channel named “Networks” menu.

Video History

Secret Mode

Secret Mode enables a more private browsing experience with PIN number protection. The webpages you’ve saved or viewed in secret mode won’t be shown when you turn it off. In addition, Secret Mode stores private bookmark, video history, and search keywords in a separate space.

Video History

Content Blockers

Content blockers free your web pages from unnecessary content and provide you with less visual clutter. Content Blocking may even reduce your data usage, speed up loading time and reduce battery usage.

Related Video Recommendation

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides trending and recommended videos based on Featured Media content. When watching Featured Media in fullscreen mode, related videos will appear on the right hand side to aid the user in discovering new content to enjoy.

Video History

Featured Media

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides trending video content that will be updated daily. Access hundreds of videos organized for you by content providers, including 360 videos. You can also enjoy 9 featured videos from the main page.

Easy Content Access

Easy Content Access

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides you a familiar experience with the same helpful features as Samsung Internet for Android such as Quick Access, Bookmarks, and Tab Manager. Use the import button to bring the bookmarks from Samsung Internet for Android to Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Video History

Samsung Internet for Gear VR manages a separate history list for online videos allowing users to revisit videos more easily. The mode each video was viewed in is also saved so users don’t need to select the viewing mode again. The video history list from Samsung Internet for Android is synced in a separate list for easy access in Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Video Assistant

The floating Video Assistant available on Samsung Internet for Android is also in Samsung Internet for Gear VR. Visible while playing videos, Video Assistant lets you switch viewing modes more easily.

File Explorer

You can browse and open local images and videos stored on you mobile device with our file explorer. When viewing these files in fullscreen mode, you can select the proper viewing mode for optimal enjoyment of your content. Samsung Internet for Gear VR comes with USB OTG support. Users can connect their USB storage to Gear VR and view content saved on it right from our web browser.

Intuitive Text Input Intuitive Text Input

Intuitive Text Input

To make text input intuitive and easy, Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides an on-screen keyboard and voice input.

Starting from version 4.2, Samsung Internet for Gear VR has multi-language support. The language can be changed from the Settings menu on the on-screen keyboard and special characters can be input by long-pressing keys.

Supported Languages:

English, French, Italian, German, Korean, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian and Chinese

Bluetooth Device Support

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports Bluetooth devices including the Gear VR controller so users will have more options for convenient input. By connecting Bluetooth devices to your Galaxy device and launching Samsung Internet for Gear VR, you can browse the web more easily in the VR environment.

In version 5.2, support for the Samsung Gear VR controller has been added so users with the controller can click and scroll easily. The Gear VR controller offers better interaction with Samsung Internet for Gear VR by providing an intuitive and immersive experience.

Supported devices:

  • Gear VR Controller (ET-YO324)

  • Bluetooth Gamepad (Samsung EI-GP20)

    • Analog stick: scroll web pages and Tab list

    • One dot button: Select

    • Two dot button: Go back

  • Bluetooth Keyboard

  • Bluetooth Mouse (Supported on Android M OS and above)

    • Mouse move: pointer move like desktop PC

    • Left click: Select

    • Right click: Go back

Reorientation

Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you enjoy the web in any position you prefer. Whenever you look at a blank space, the “Tap touchpad to reposition screen” message will appear, and you will be able to reorient the screen by selecting the message. Moreover, you can reorient the screen by double clicking Gear VR “Back button”. Now that you can always align Samsung Internet for Gear VR’s screen to your focus, you can even use it while lying down.

Ultimate Viewing Experience

Just like other Gear VR content, you can enjoy videos from the web in an immersive environment. Watch any HTML5 video from the web on a mega sized screen.

The Video Controller of Samsung Internet for Gear VR is launched when users select fullscreen mode for videos. Press the ‘Mode’ button to select the type of video you are watching.

Ultimate Viewing Experience

Streaming 360˚/180˚ Videos

Watch spherical 360˚/180˚ videos uploaded to websites. Get absorbed into any 360˚/180˚ content online. Take virtual trips to whenever and wherever!

Streaming 3D Videos

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports streaming side-by-side 3D videos. You can enjoy all 3D videos on the web in a virtual theater.

Streaming 3D 360˚ Videos

Starting from version 4.0, Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports Streaming 3D 360˚ videos. Experience increased realism with 3D and 360˚ combined!

HTML5 Video Dimension Type Support

For HTML5 videos with the dimension parameter defines, Samsung Internet for Gear VR will play the video without prompting the user for Video mode selection.

Supported dimension types are:

  • dimension=3d-lr: Side-by-Side 3D Video

  • dimension=3d-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D Video

  • dimension=360: 360˚ Video

  • dimension=360-lr: Side-by-side 3D 360˚ Video

  • dimension=360-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D 360˚ Video

  • dimension=180: 180˚ Video

  • dimension=180-lr: Side-by-side 3D 180˚ Video

  • dimension=180-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D 180˚ Video

    (ex) <video controls src="360video.mp4" type="video/mp4; dimension=360-lr;">

3D/360˚ Image Support

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports HTML5 Fullscreen mode. When viewing images in Fullscreen with Samsung Internet for Gear VR, users can switch to viewing modes supported for Videos. Try out this feature with your 3D or 360˚ images!

Skybox Setting

Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets web content change the skybox – which is the background image or images surrounding the VR user space. Users and web developers can choose the best skybox that goes with the content to get a more immersive experience. In addition, starting from version 5.2, users can also set the default skybox to their images taken with your 360 camera such as Gear 360.

The Skybox of your contents can be set via our experimental JavaScript API or Open JSON API. Details for these APIs can be found in our Web Development Guide < link>.

Web VR Support

WebVR is a JavaScript API that provides access to Virtual Reality features on your Gear VR device so that you can create immersive experiences with your web content. The JavaScript API is being standardized at W3C and the specification is currently hosted at https://w3c.github.io/webvr/.

Samsung Internet for Gear VR will automatically detect web pages that use the WebVR API when they are loaded, and prompt users to enable WebVR when the page is loaded. You can also enable or disable WebVR from the “Labs” menu.

Restrictions

Samsung Internet for Gear VR is available for download in the Oculus Store.

Supported devices are: Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 , Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 with Gear VR.

Developer Feedback

Please send an e-mail to browser@samsung.com for technical support or inquiries about business collaborations.