Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR product lineups were never explicitly discontinued, they both kind of... disappeared. The most recent Gear VR variant, for instance, has just turned two, and after (discreetly) supporting the Galaxy S10 handset family, it's now dropping its compatibility for the company's newest high-end smartphones. Yup, both of them.But although the
In an official statement issued to the folks over at Engadget, Samsung confirmed the news that was initially shared by Anshel Sag on Twitter, highlighting (once again) its commitment to "innovating in VR and AR" and "deliver incredible new experiences to our consumers." Unfortunately, it remains unclear what this actually means in terms of new hardware and software support, but keep in mind that one of the ways the company is indeed "innovating" in the augmented reality field is through complex camera systems like the one slapped on the back of the Galaxy Note 10+.
That big guy's fourth shooter is a "DepthVision" or time-of-flight sensor that uses advanced AR technology to perform real-time measurements of objects and spaces located in the phone's field of view. Meanwhile, Samsung also sells a so-called "mixed reality" headset for $500, which doesn't need to be paired with a smartphone or computer to work its magic. That might explain why the significantly cheaper but also rudimentary Gear VR, which is practically useless by itself, is quietly and unceremoniously going away.