All weather apps are real in that what you see on screen is (usually) what you get outside. AccuWeather, though, is going next-level real. One of the most popular weather apps in the world – if not the most popular – has launched on the Samsung Gear VR, bringing 360-degree video and weather information in ways we haven't seen before. Okay, hold up... how do you make a freaking weather report exciting enough to be worth blasting your retinas up close for?
It looks like AccuWeather had this sensitive question figured out well before boarding the VR hype train. For starters, the app will present exclusive 360-degree footage of severe weather events from recent history, such as an extreme close-up video of a tornado in Wray, Colorado. New videos like this will be added weekly, putting Gear VR users right amidst the action.
The Gear VR-optimized AccuWeather is available for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. It can be found inside the Oculus app and online over at the company's Experiences page. As always, AccuWeather will keep providing the current conditions with daily and hourly forecasts, including wind speed, dew point, wind direction, and precipitation.
Does VR fun and accurate forecasting sound like a winning combo? Sounds good to us. Just remember to take off the Gear VR every once in a while and enjoy nature for what it is. Or hook up a IV for intravenous food delivery and enter virtual reality to never leave. Whatever floats your boat!
AccuWeather Launches Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Application, Powered by Oculus
Users will immerse themselves in a revolutionary new virtual experience through exclusive AccuWeather 360-degree weather videos, minute-by-minute forecast updates, and more.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – March 17, 2017 – AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the launch of the new virtual reality application, AccuWeather - Weather for Life for Samsung Gear VR, allowing users to experience and interact with exclusive 360-degree video content, weather information, and updates in revolutionary new ways. The new app gives users an additional platform to access the most personalized, localized weather information with Superior Accuracy™ from AccuWeather, available worldwide through award-winning AccuWeather apps, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, connected TVs, wearables, smart homes, connected cars, and more.
Through the unique and immersive VR app experience, users are not simply watching, but are in the middle of the action. Users can experience this next level of virtual reality by following a few simple steps: First, users will install the Oculus app to their compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone and create an account, accessing the store through Oculus App. Next, users will download the AccuWeather - Weather for Life app. The latest compatible Galaxy smartphones are Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. Finally, users will snap their smartphone into the portable and wireless Gear VR headset so they can view their screen and begin the virtual experience.
Once in the AccuWeather app, users gain access to exclusive AccuWeather 360-degree videos for severe weather events, including the extreme close up viral video of a tornado in Wray, Colorado that had nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube. A new assortment of videos will be added weekly to refresh the user’s experience. The immersive videos give AccuWeather viewers a new and unique perspective on weather events that can be both exciting and educational.
AccuWeather also provides users with current conditions and daily and hourly forecasts including wind speed, dew point, wind direction, and precipitation, plus severe weather alerts and warnings, RealFeel® Temperatures, and AccuWeather’s proprietary minute-by-minute precipitation forecast AccuWeather MinuteCast® for users’ exact locations. Users can uniquely experience an array of dynamic weather conditions in real-time, immersing themselves in an array of weather animations like stormy rain, snow, thunderstorms, and clouds, all which can be accessed either through a secret weather feature called WeatherScape or experienced in the daily forecasts.
“AccuWeather is excited to partner with Samsung on the launch of the AccuWeather - Weather for Life app for Gear VR, bringing users the most accurate, most innovative weather forecasts and information available worldwide,” said Steven Smith, President of Digital Media at AccuWeather. “The app is interactive and easy for users to access immersive 360-degree video content and weather forecasts, all with the Superior Accuracy from AccuWeather they rely on, experiencing weather in revolutionary new ways.”
AccuWeather and Samsung have collaborated to bring Samsung users the world's most accurate weather news and information through a wide range of Samsung's best-selling devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Gear VR, and more. Users receive accurate and localized forecasts with current conditions and hour-by-hour forecasts for locations worldwide.
The AccuWeather - Weather for Life app is available for download at the Oculus Store.
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