Got an HTC Vive? You can receive texts and calls within its virtual reality! (Android and iOS)

Got an HTC Vive? You can receive texts and calls within its virtual reality! (Android and iOS)
The HTC 10 is not the only high-profile product to come from the company this spring. As you most probably know, HTC partnered up with PC game developer and distributor Valve to manufacture a pretty solid, industry-leading VR set, called the HTC Vive. The goggles come with a dedicated set of dual controllers for the user's hands, and a couple of external cameras that help the software build a virtual world that fits inside your room. The Vive VR is made specifically for prolonged usage and has features to make if easier for the user to jump out to the real world and back in with just the push of a button.

Well, since phone calls and texts are also a thing from the real world, HTC has decided to make it easy for users to receive said social contacts without needing to remove the geeky goggles. A special Vive app, which has been out for Android for a few weeks and has now hit the App Store as well, allows the user to pair their smartphone to the Vive goggles via Bluetooth. As a result they can receive calls, texts, and calendar notifications straight in the virtual reality.

The notifications will not interrupt play, which is good if you happen to be playing a zombie survivor game, and will be tucked away in the Vive tab in the System Dashboard. From there, the user can choose from a set of pre-made quick replies, or to call the sender back.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the app supports notifications from the many other chat tools that we use nowadays – Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, et cetera. Here's hoping that its range of notifications would widen in the future.

HTC Vive app: Android | iOS


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7. NoAllegiance unregistered

Occulus Rift looks better, whether it feels better and performs better I do not know. Though I prefer Augumented Reality over Virtual Reality. Hololens got my interest, they should invest more of their time and resources into that instead of polishing Windows Mobile.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hololen remind me of kinect. Its failure was not because of lack of innovation but the lack of willingness to let go of control. VR gain some traction because Google is willing to let go sell the concept cheap via cardboard. How many people are willing to part $2K on an interesting technology. I am using VR frequently because it's the hardware is cheap and the content are widely available if you know where to look.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sony is doing VR too for the PS4. Its the cheapest option and has access to an install base of 35 million PS4 users. I think PSVR will take off for the higher priced headsets and cheaper mobile ones like gearVR for the lower pried ones.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am getting the PS4 VR over PC because of cost. Samsung VR gear spoil me for its lack of cable. I do own DK2 but skip their CV1 due to their high price.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

See...this is what I was talking about when someone got upset I said why would Apple phase out the iPhone for VR if you couldnt do this. Now that I see it can be done....that Apple article doesnt seem to crazy now. Yea...VR for games is great n all...but for VR to really take off its going to be the lil things outside of gaming that does it. This is one.

13. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Receive text in VR ! Finally, the $1700 is justified !

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