Gear VR links with Flickr for stunning 360 degree photos

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flickr Gets is Own Gear VR App.

Flickr has released a new app for the Samsung Gear VR, allowing users to view 360-degree photos published on the service through Samsung’s VR headset.A handful of streaming sites, social services and content sharing systems have made their way over to virtual reality (VR) over the past year, perhaps the most obvious of which being Netflix.Yahoo is best known for their online search engine, but they have their hand in a number of other products and services across multiple platforms as well, including photo storage with . VR gives the wearer a new perspective on whatever object they’re looking at; it allows the viewer to better grasp the scope of an object or location, and provides a more immersive experience.

Today sees photo uploading platform Flickr launch a brand new version of its own service for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) from both Samsung and Oculus VR. There’s been some talk about developing a Gear VR app among the site’s “Equirectangular” group-the platform’s largest group dedicated to uploading 360 photos with over 1,700 members posting almost 15,000 photos-for some months now. More features will be added soon, including the ability for Flickr to automatically detect 360-degree photos on upload and enable the VR viewer on the photo page.

Along with the $139.99 consumer version of Gear VR, Samsung also recently launched a web browser designed to allow viewers to browse the internet from a first person perspective. Flickr claims to already feature over 60,000 VR photos, giving viewers a robust amount of content to explore from launch. “FlickR is committed to inspiring photographers worldwide by creating world-class tools and beautiful photo displays across new and emerging devices,” an official description for the app reads. “With Flickr’s growing corpus of more than 60,000 VR photos, be the first to explore one of the largest and most beautiful collections of 360 degree images in the world.” If you’re still waiting on your Gear VR to arrive, Web users can, in the meantime, click and drag around an image with their mouse for a similar, though less immersive, experience.

The good news is that although Yahoo hasn’t mentioned anything definitive, it seems that they at least have plans to introduce something for other VR headset types. Flickr says it’s working on other 360° photo features and experiences for both VR headsets and for mobile devices, and that this new app “is just the beginning”.

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