Samsung isn't making a phone for Facebook, but the two companies may build VR devices together

Samsung isn't making a phone for Facebook, but the two companies may build VR devices together
Yesterday, we told you that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had met with Samsung execs in South Korea to talk about future collaborations. One of the rumors regarding the meeting had it that Samsung could be making a Facebook phone. Yes, another Facebook phone, despite the fact that the one manufactured by HTC (called HTC First) and released last year was a major flop - because, although everyone uses Facebook, no one seems to be wanting a Facebook-centric phone.

As it turns out, Samsung and Facebook don’t plan to work on smartphones. Instead, according to The Korea Times, Zuckerberg's visit to Korea was related to VR (virtual reality) devices. Reportedly, a Samsung official said that the company might be making “VR-embedded devices from Facebook's designs, software drawing and content.” That sounds a bit ambiguous, but it’s all we’ve got at the moment.

Samsung already announced a virtual reality device: the Gear VR (pictured above), a head-mounted device that may be launched this December. Interestingly, the Gear VR is made in collaboration with Oculus - which, by the way, was bought by Facebook earlier this year.

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7 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Interesting?how am I to make comments using the goggle thingy.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

VR makes a lot of sense. Basically a semi-private, personal-sized, high resolution, fantasyland. Even if it just used for movies, it makes a lot more sense than giant televisions, especially as more and more people live in smaller residences.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

For just movie, we don't need a costly VR. The My3D thing made by Hasbro years ago for the iPhone 4 was very good only for $20. Now people can still buy it on Amazon for $6-7, but sadly it fits only the iPhone 4 size. XD I have that thing and I use it with my Moto G and LG optimus L90 for 3D movies (manually hold the phone to place, which... works, lol), and it's amazing.

5. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

lol, great to see you're already enjoying it. I can't wait to get my first taste of vr with the gear vr and the note 4.

6. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And you really think it can hold any candle to the Gear VR experience?

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

For 3D movies only, what big difference can the Gear VR make? I mean really, think about it. Plug your phone in and open up some 3D split screen video. Both are gonna be almost the same, and we're talking about $7 vs over $100 here. The Gear VR is made for more than 3D movies, hence the overall experience is better and the price gap can be worth it. But that's a different story. I didn't even talk about the overall experience and features.

4. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

So we can bury this Facebook phone rumor? Good. This is a much more fun idea.

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