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Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7

  • Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7
  • Oculus has pushed an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that disables the Gear VR app on the device, according to several sources.
  • Despite the danger, some Redditors are complaining that they can no longer use not only their Galaxy Note 7s, but their Gear VR headsets, too.
  • All of the devices (including the Galaxy S6 Edge, I can confirm) still work with the Gear VR.
  • Samsung’s Note 7 catches fire, but the damage isn’t done

Oculus has pushed an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that disables the Gear VR app on the device, according to several sources. Instead of loading the app, it shows…

@engadget: Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

Oculus has pushed an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that disables the Gear VR app on the device, according to several sources. Instead of loading the app, it shows a message (above) stating that “until further notice, Note 7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR.” The move is a prudent one, given the device’s tendency to catch fire or even explode, and the fact that the Gear VR puts the smartphone in close proximity to your face and eyes.

Samsung has explicitly stated that Galaxy Note 7 owners should “power down and take advantage of the remedies available, including a refund at their place of purchase.” The Oculus update disabling the headset was first reported by Reddit user Bahaman23 and confirmed by Android Central. Despite the danger, some Redditors are complaining that they can no longer use not only their Galaxy Note 7s, but their Gear VR headsets, too. (We’ve reached out to Oculus and Samsung for more details.)

You do have options with a new Gear VR, however, provided you’re willing to stay in the Samsung camp (and it would be hard to blame you if you didn’t). The headset supports older Samsung headsets that don’t explode, including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge and Note 5, according to Samsung’s site. All of those devices (including the Galaxy S6 Edge, I can confirm) still work with the Gear VR. If you still want smartphone-based VR but have had it with Samsung, your best bet might be Google’s new Pixel phones and the Daydream VR headset.

Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

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