Things got from virtual to real: Oculus disables Galaxy Note 7's Gear VR app


Just in case you haven't been following any sort of news media whatsoever in the past month — Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tends to catch fire randomly and without warning. And, despite the fact that Sammy recalled all units and replaced the allegedly faulty batteries, the new “safe” and revised phones have also been reported to go boom on a couple of times.

So, the company has now suspended sales of the Note 7 phones and will be investigating the issue deeper. Does that mean that the 2016 Note is dead? We certainly hope not, but we are not sure what it means for its availability. (Never mind, it seems to be canceled now)

However, there are still quite a bit of Note 7 units out there in the wild, and who knows how many of them are about to suffer a meltdown. In order to reduce the risk of some very nasty accidents, Oculus — Samsung's partner in VR ventures — has remotely disabled the Gear VR app on Galaxy Note 7 devices. The news first came from a Reddit user, who posted that they have been blocked out of the app and provided a screenshot, which was reportedly verified, according to VR-reporting media VRSource. Oculus cited safety concerns as the reason behind this move.

This is most definitely a bummer for those who bought the Note 7 together with the new Gear VR set that was developed for the phablet. But, considering the alternative is taking a risk the Note 7 might go haywire while strapped to somebody's head, we'd say the decision was a no-brainer. Compensating customers for a faulty device is much easier than compensating them for a missing face. On that note — there is still no word on what Samsung intends to do for customers who bought the new Gear VR in an expensive bundle with the Note 7.

source: Reddit via VRSource

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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6 Comments

1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

This is why I fell for the note 7, I feel really dumb now, even embarrassed having a note 7 when I carry it around. Please issue a world wide refund so I can say good bye to samsung

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And I'd be glad if Samsung VR will support Note 7.

2. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

It still boggles my mind how Samsung could miss such a big issue for their HIGHEST END PHONE before release.

3. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Samsung officially announced to cancel the note 7 production permanently. Finally the world is safe place again.

5. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Paul K, EDIT: "Things got from virtual to real: Oculus disables Galaxy Note 7's Gear VR appThis is most definitely a bummer for those who bought the Note 7 together with the new Gear VR set that was developed for the [phablet]."

6. paul.k

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

I thank you, sir

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