Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 Review Roundup: Here’s What Critics Have To Say Two …

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

360° Photos with Yahoo’s Flickr App for Samsung Gear VR.

Flickr’s 15 billion photos are there for our consumption at any time, but beyond seeing static photos there hasn’t been much of an experience upgrade over the years for diving into the world around you.

With Flickr’s new app on the Samsung Gear VR, users will get a chance to immerse them into a full 360 degree experience of the most popular Flickr photos.As VR technology progresses more and more, we find ourselves in a situation where the field of IT is dominated by these new machines capable of taking us different places without actually having to leave.

The availability of the new Flickr app for the users of the Gear VR headset implies that the app will boast compatibility only with Samsung’s newer smartphones which presently work with the Gear VR. Even though Flickr already had apps for multiple platforms, this new one will allow users to view the huge collection of images hosted on the website not only in amazing 3-D, but also in landscape mode. The Flickr community has uploaded tens of thousands of 360-degree photos, where the current library consists of more than 14,000 “equirectangular” images.

With the new app, the company simply gives users the ability to dive into those images and feel like they’re transported to someplace else at a tap of a button. In order to have a better idea on how the 360-degree images would look like, Flickr has asked users to explore the selection of VR photos on Flickr’s dedicated VR page that range from the Aurora Borealis to the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. Bertrand Fan, the principal engineer behind Flickr’s new feature, claims that anyone who views Flickr 360 degree photos for the first time will not want to take the device off, as the experience of seeing the HD photos and feeling like you’re there is absolutely breathtaking. According to the company, it sets itself apart from others because it preserves the quality of uploaded images, making it the “best platform for 360-degree photos.” “[W]e respect the image quality of uploaded photos, and we want to be one of the best ways to access engaging virtual reality experiences,” Flickr says.

It has also paved path for a possibility that other virtual reality headsets could soon have a compatible application for the similar kind of experience. If it turns out to be true and the app is included that works with other models as well then the ones based on Google Cardboard would be included and other models like the HTC Vive.

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