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Alcatel Idol 4 now on sale via Cricket Wireless; Free VR headset included

Alcatel Idol 4

Alcatel Idol 4

Just as the company promised, the #Alcatel #Idol4 is now available via Cricket Wireless. This is a mid-ranged handset that comes with a free VR headset, which makes it a very exciting proposition, especially given the asking price of $199.99. The Idol 4 is a very attractive handset at this price point, even without the free VR headset.

The Idol 4 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and a 2,610 mAh battery.

The VR goggles is certainly a bonus at this price point, although Alcatel hasn’t specified if there will be any VR specific content on offer. But since you can access VR specific content from a variety of sources online (including YouTube), we don’t see this being a major hurdle for the customers. Make sure you hit Cricket Wireless’ website below for more details on the device.

Source: Cricket Wireless

Via: Android Central

Upcoming Gear VR headset spotted in a press render

New Gear VR

New Gear VR

Yesterday, a leak revealed the existence of a new #Samsung #GearVR headset. While we were skeptical about it, a newer leak has confirmed that there was no reason to be. What we’re seeing here is the press rendering of the new Gear VR headset, although it’s not coming directly from Samsung. The image was posted by OnLeaks, who has gained a reputation for revealing devices ahead of their schedule, kind of like @evleaks a.k.a Evan Blass.

As for the headset, there’s not much we can tell apart from the fact that it will be all black. Previous iterations of the Gear VR had a mixture of Black and White, which seems to be gone. There’s Oculus branding on the side, which is no surprise, and the design appears to be pretty much the same. It is possible that this version of the headset could be catered for the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 flagship, which is set for an unveiling on Tuesday.

For now, this image is all that we have to go with, but we expect more details to follow over the coming days.

Source: Nowhereelse.fr – Translated

Is this the new Samsung Gear VR headset?

New Gear VR

#Samsung has big ambitions in the virtual reality arena. Rumors have already suggested that the company will be launching next year’s Galaxy S8 flagship with a VR supported 4K resolution display. We all know that the company is going to unveil the Gear S3 wearable in September. But could there be a new VR headset in the mix too?

Well, a new leaked image has now surfaced, which shows a rather different version of the Gear VR. It is being speculated that this is the next major refresh of the headset. Since we’re barely a month away from the IFA 2016 event, it’s safe to assume that the device will be showcased there. The Galaxy Note 7 will be about two weeks old in the market by then as well, so the company can’t ask for a better time to release the headset.

However, since this is a leak, we must take it with a pinch of salt as nothing has been confirmed. Do you think this is the real deal? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: PhonesReview

Via: Android Headlines

Samsung Galaxy S8 to come equipped with a VR compatible 4K display: Rumor

Galaxy S8

While #Huawei is expected to be releasing a #Daydream compatible phone later this year, a new rumor is suggesting that Samsung’s #GalaxyS8 could have the same honor next year. It is said that the smartphone will be equipped with a 4K resolution display to assist with close proximity viewing. It’s no secret that companies are banking heavily on virtual reality, so it’s only fair that Samsung would widen its horizons to achieve this goal. Perhaps we’ll even see an upgraded version of the Gear VR along with it next year.

Right now, all the buzz and hype is surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 flagship, which will be shown off in about a week’s time. But we expect things to be back to normal once the buzz has settled down and we begin counting down to February/March when the Galaxy S8 is expected to be revealed. The addition of a 4K display, in this case, will not merely be a novelty feature as virtual reality seems to be the focus.

Of course, as we always say, this is a rumor for now, so be mindful to treat it as such.

Source: myDrivers – Translated

Via: Phone Arena

Alcatel Idol 4s with a VR headset launching in the U.S. this Friday for $350

Alcatel Idol 4s with VR

Alcatel Idol 4s with VR

Virtual reality is a very popular niche today. We have seen multiple manufacturers taking to multiple reality in a bid to appeal to their respective fan base. #Alcatel is taking this to a different level with its new Idol 4s.

This handset features a very attractive hardware specs sheet and the company will even bundle a VR headset along with it. All for just $350. The smartphone will be available for purchase from the company’s dedicated online store starting July 15 from 8AM (Pacific Time) onwards.

What’s unique about this device is that the box that contains the device is also VR headset. It’s designed in such a way that it can contain all the items that are supplied with the device (which includes a pair of JBL in-ear headphones, by the way) while also being a full-blown VR headset. It is apparently very similar to the Samsung Gear VR, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

As for the smartphone itself, you’re getting a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, a fingerprint scanner, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and a 3,000 mAh battery. The company is also promising to send out the Android Nougat update.

Clearly, the Idol 4s is no slouch in the hardware and software department, which means it should give industry rivals a run for their money. Do you like what you see here?

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Via: Engadget

Samsung Gear 360 launching this week for $350?

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung’s #Gear360 is probably one of the coolest (but not the only) VR camera you can get right now. A new report is claiming that this camera will be available by the end of this week in the U.S. for $349.99. However, there’s a big caveat in play here. The Gear 360 will not be available for all as Samsung will apparently make it available at the VidCon conference in Anaheim, CA. Attendees of this event will be able to purchase the Gear 360 from a limited pile of stocks. So it’s slim pickings even if you happen to attend the event.

VidCon will be held between June 23-25, so we expect some people to get their hands on the Gear 360 over the next few days. What about the commercial release? Well, we’re pretty much in the dark about that, but at least we know that it’s not far away.

Back in April, a retailer revealed the pricing of the Gear 360. Back then, the release date was estimated to be sometime around June, which goes along well with this new report.

Via: Phandroid

Zeiss releases OS agnostic VR One Plus headset

Zeiss VR One Plus

Zeiss VR One Plus

Virtual reality is exploding right now with the likes of the #OculusRift and the #HTCVive some of the leading names in the industry. However, these offerings are pretty expensive and not exactly mobile friendly, which is where the likes of Google Cardboard, Samsung #GearVR and other cheaper alternatives come in. Renowned lens manufacturer #Zeiss has now outed its second-gen VR headset, aptly named the VR One Plus (no affiliation with Chinese OEM OnePlus).

The VR One Plus is an upgraded version of the VR One which was revealed roughly two years ago. However, this particular headset comes with a slightly bigger body to make it suitable for people with prescription glasses. There’s enough room between the lenses and the cushioning to make this possible. This is a much-desired feature for many as using a VR headset without glasses can make it a slightly unappealing prospect for many. But it seems like Zeiss has done its due research before unveiling this product.

The VR One Plus has been priced at $129 or €129, which makes it relatively expensive compared to some other offerings. But since the VR One Plus is OS agnostic, the pricing shouldn’t necessarily be a concern for many.

Source: Zeiss

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S8 could be packing a 4K display for VR content

Galaxy S8

As per a new report, the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be sporting a powerful UHD or 4K display under the hood. This will be the company’s 2017 flagship to succeed the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. It is said that Samsung is taking this decision keeping VR or virtual reality in mind. Given how the company has been pushing VR since the past couple of years, a move like this makes sense.

The display size will be bumped up to 5.5-inches, apparently, while the Galaxy S7 houses a 5.1-inch display. A larger and more pixel dense display means that customers will have an enhanced virtual reality experience.

Of course, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any of this as of yet since it’s too early in the day, but given the direction that Samsung’s display wing is taking, this cannot be written off. Even then, we suggest you take this report with a grain of salt until there’s more evidence to prove the case.

Would you welcome the inclusion of a larger display on the next Galaxy flagship? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Korea Herald

Via: Phone Arena

Huawei releasing Daydream compatible phone later this year

Google Daydream

Google Daydream

Google’s announcement of #Daydream filled us with excitement as it finally showed that the Mountain View giant is taking virtual reality seriously. The company also announced that the platform would require a certain kind of hardware to function, while the likes of the #Huawei #Nexus6P were said to be compatible by default. It seems like Huawei wants to build on that as it has mentioned the arrival of a new Daydream compatible smartphone by Fall this year.

We expect there to be multiple Daydream powered phones to be available in the markets by then, but the fact that Huawei will have yet another is pretty exciting. The company has big ambitions in the mobile industry as it has grown exponentially over the past few years. The Chinese juggernaut has already broken into the top 5 and has mentioned that it would like to compete primarily with the likes of Samsung and Apple in the mobile industry.

Given the kind of products it has in its portfolio, we think this is a realistic ambition, especially since China (its home region) is one of the key global markets. The Daydream platform will open up a new world of opportunities for manufacturers and developers alike as they can create a new VR-based ecosystem thanks to the platform provided by Google, including a dedicated app hub.

Source: WSJ

Via: Android Authority

The Google Store now has a new category for VR devices

Google Store VR

Google Store VR

Taking the flourishing virtual reality market into consideration, #Google has just launched a new segment on the #GoogleStore for VR headsets. Although there are just a few headsets on offer right now, this seems to be a logical step from Google considering how many VR headsets are out there. We can expect to see a bundle of new VR headsets as we head towards the latter part of 2016, with Oculus and HTC’s Vive headset already prepping to hit the markets.

As of now, the Google Store page has the Google Cardboard for $15, Google Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer also for $15 as well as the Mattel View-Master VR for $30. All these viewers are capable of displaying Cardboard content, so we can expect Google to add more such devices in the future.The site itself is yet to get a dedicated link to the cardboard headsets page, but given the limited choices on offer right now, we’re not particularly surprised by this.

Make sure you head over to Google Store link below for more details on the headsets that the company is currently offering.

Source: Google Store

Via: Pocketnow

Samsung could bundle Gear VR headset with Galaxy S7 pre-orders

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

A new report mentions that the #Samsung #GalaxyS7 pre-orders could be rewarded with a Gear VR headset. This sounds like something that Samsung would do, so we have no reason to doubt these claims. Last year, we saw the company bundling its wireless charging pad with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, so offering a VR headset this time around makes sense.

Given that VR is currently on the rise, it would give new users a head start on the technology. It is currently believed that Samsung will offer the Gear VR headset for orders made between 21st of February and 10th of March. But this revelation was made in the Netherlands, so we’re not sure if the company will have similar promotions running on a global level as well.

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are expected to be shown off on the 21st of February. There’s already plenty of speculation about the hardware that the device will be packing and it will be interesting to see if the company will manage to live up to the hype.

Source: AndroidWorld.nl – Translated

An advanced version of Google Cardboard with “Android VR” could be launching this year

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

#Google made virtual reality accessible to everyone with Cardboard. A new report now mentions that the company intends to broaden its range a little bit and offer a revamped Cardboard software, known as “Android VR“. Clearly, the focus will be on original content and a wholesome VR experience for the customers, so it will be interesting to see if and how this will come to fruition.

Naturally, this could also mean that Google would like to release dedicated hardware to go with the new software, which would be a logical step given what the likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony etc are doing, not to mention bigger VR players like Oculus.

The report that cites a bunch of insiders familiar with the matter claims that the new Cardboard hardware will have a plastic shell, improved lenses and a wide range of sensors inside, which would put it on even pegging with Samsung’s Gear VR. Like how Samsung’s headset is only compatible with Galaxy flagships, we’re guessing Google will keep its new hardware limited to Nexus devices.

As for a release timeline, we probably won’t see Google’s new VR headset until later this year. However, the software side of things could be discussed at the I/O event that is scheduled to take place in May.

Source: Financial Times

Via: Techno Buffalo

Samsung will supposedly release the Gear 360 VR camera with the Galaxy S7

Samsung Gear 360 - Project Beyond

Samsung Gear 360 - Project Beyond

Samsung’s Project Beyond was expected to bring virtual reality cameras to the consumers. And it seems like the company is finally ready with a finished product of the same, calling it the #Gear360. According to information coming from a reliable #Samsung source, the camera will be released alongside the Galaxy S7 later this month.

The Gear 360 (as you can see from the image above), consists of 16 cameras and is capable of recording 360 degree content in real time. The source was also able to confirm that there will be dedicated apps to control the camera, which would pack features like Liveview, exposure control, ISO, white balance etc. However, it’s still uncertain at this point if Samsung will allow streaming of videos in real time to other devices.

In essence, the Gear 360 and its companion app should function exactly like any Bluetooth/WiFi based camera. But Samsung might be looking to give users deeper control to the users with the addition of a wide range of lenses and shooting modes. More details are awaited on the specifics of the Gear 360, but it seems like Samsung is betting big on virtual reality.

Will you be interested in a product such as this?

Via: Sam Mobile

HTC releases new Vive Pre VR prototype ahead of its official release

HTC Vive Pre

HTC Vive Pre

#HTC has just unveiled its second #Vive VR prototype, calling it the Vive Pre. This development kit comes with a major upgrade compared to the standard Vive, which partially justifies the company’s decision to delay the commercial release of the Vive VR headsets. This headset comes with a camera on the front, which will let you enjoy the real world in addition to virtual reality content.

This is no doubt a groundbreaking feature and could lead to cameras becoming a mainstream feature on VR headsets. Currently, the likes of the Gear VR allow something known as peek through, which relies on the rear camera of the smartphone. But having a standalone camera of its own puts the Vive Pre in a different league altogether.

So what should the customers expect? Well, Valve and HTC are working closely to make the Vive VR a commercially usable product and we should see the first units hitting the markets sometime in April. It is possible that users will be able to see a product which looks exactly or partially like the Vive Pre, while it’s also possible that a new design could be chosen for the consumer release.

HTC has supposedly sent out about 7,000 units of the Vive Pre to developers already, which should get the ball rolling. Interestingly, the company hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the Vive VR seeing another major hardware change before its release in April.

Via: The Verge