Samsung releases beta web browser for Gear VR

Users of Samsung's Gear VR device can now use a web browser that the Korean giant claims is optimised for use in virtual reality.

Owners of select Galaxy devices who own a Gear VR can now download a beta web browser for their devices.

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Dubbed Samsung Internet for Gear VR, the Korean giant said the browser supports 360-degree and 3D video streaming, alongside standard HTML5 video found on the internet.

In order to support text entry, the browser uses voice recognition and an on-screen keyboard. Samsung touted its "Gaze Mode" where the user can select menus by looking at them.

Bookmarks can be imported from the Galaxy device used as the display in the Gear VR, but only from Samsung's browser bundled with its Android installation.

"As the demand for 360-degree, immersive video content rapidly rises -- Samsung Internet for Gear VR further enriches the VR content ecosystem for our consumers, setting an industry standard for the VR viewing experience," said Chan-Woo Park, Samsung Electronics Vice President of Product Strategy Team, IT & Mobile Communications Business.

The Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality headset made in partnership with Oculus that uses select Galaxy phones -- S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 4, or Note5 -- as the display for the headset.

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Yesterday Samsung announced its annual leadership reshuffle, which saw Koh Dong-jin named as president and head of the mobile division, with JK Shin to stay on as CEO.

Koh previously led research and development in the mobile business and contributed in the launch of company's flagship devices.

In October, Samsung reported a rise in net profit for the third quarter, ending a run of decreasing profits for the Korean electronics giant.