Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony create the Global VR Association

Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony have come together to create the GVRA, Global Virtual Reality Association.

The virtual reality market has gained much traction in the past few years, with several major companies developing their own or buying out VR startups. Currently the market is valued ar $5.2 billion and expected to reach $162 billion by 2020, according to the IDC.

Having mainly been rivals in the VR/AR domain, the companies have come together to promote the further development and adoption of the technology around the world. The GVRA aims to bring together experts to focus on the best practices for the technology. Currently there are many different standards and many apps are only available for certain platforms and headsets.

In their official statement the organization states:

GVRA’s mission is to promote responsible development and adoption of VR globally with best practices, dialogue across stakeholders, and research. GVRA will be a resource for industry, consumers, and policymakers interested in VR.

 

Samsung Note 7 gets an iris scanner and more.

The long awaited release of the Samsung Note 7 is finally here. No more rumors or speculations, Samsung has shown the Note 7 and all of its innovations that it has to offer during its announcement earlier today.

The Note 7 follows suit with the S7 and S7 Edge going with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, fast charging and wireless charging, it has a 12 megapixel camera, microSD card support, and of course is water resistant. The Note 7 will have 64GB of internal storage and its battery has been increased to 3,500mAh from 3,000mAh of the Note 5.

It has a dual-curved Super AMOLED display with quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixel). The rear glass panel is similar to the front, which makes the phone feel like it is covered in a unibody glass panel. The Note 7 will be the first Samsung phone to have USB Type-C charging.

The biggest changes coming to the latest Note are its newest and innovative features. The Note 7 will come with an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner, so now users can unlock their phones with their eyes in addition to their fingerprints. Samsung states that the iris scanner is more secure than a fingerprint. Its similar to Windows Hello on Microsoft’s Lumia 950. The feature uses an infrared camera for iris scanning. It can be used to lock apps, photos, notes, and other content within the phone.

The phone also comes with a stylus, the S Pen Active stylus. The Pen has been upgraded to be water resistant, has been given a finer point, and has twice as fine pressure sensitivity. The Pen also comes with new software that gives the Pen new features such as quick text translation, creating GIFs from any video, and magnification.

There will also be changes to its interface giving the Note 7 a cleaner color palette, softer white menus, and more radiance in aesthetics. The Note 7 will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there’s no timeline for when it will upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Note 7 will be available in black, silver, and blue coral, with a gold version available in international markets. Customers will also be able to choose between a free 256 MicroSD card or the Gear Fit 2 when purchasing a Note 7.

Google might be making a high end VR

Virtual Reality is becoming a thing of the present with many companies including tech giants Microsoft and Facebook coming out with their virtual reality devices. Google also jumped into this market with their Cardboard, though for a company that innovates and creates technology such as self driving cars and enhanced glasses, cardboard seems out of date and almost irrelevant. Which is why it was big news when entrepreneur and tech journalist Peter Rojas tweeted that Google will be announcing Android VR.

 

Rojas also states that Android VR will be less powerful than the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive cost around $300 and are bulky this is one of the reasons why Cardboard was so popular, you can get one for $15, insert your phone and start using it. In the past Google has spent more efforts in getting developers to produce VR content. The price and the ease of use with the Cardboard is what it seems like Google is following.

Samsung is currently one of the cheapest and best options for Smartphone VRs coming in at $99, though the only problem is that you have to have a Galaxy or Note device to use the Gear VR headset. Though that did not stop the popularity of the VR headset, Samsung had more than one million users on the Gear VR last month.

We’ll have to wait and see at Google I/O just how Google will make an affordable yet powerful VR that can deliver high end optics.