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Samsung kills its XR apps



Samsung Gear VR 2017

Samsun’s Gear VR headset.

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Samsung XR shuts down as the apps slowly shutdown the features before the service completely ends on September 30th. As of this week, 360-degree video will no longer be available, premium video purchases will be suspended, and updates for all Samsung devices have been discontinued, XR and Samsung VR video clients, Samsung said on Monday.

As of June 30, the Samsung VR video app for Oculus Go, Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest will no longer be supported. It will also be removed from the Oculus store.

All Samsung XR user accounts will be deactivated and removed by the end of September, with user data being deleted. Published videos are removed from the service, while the Samsung XR Mobile app is removed from the Galaxy Store and Google Play, and the Samsung VR Video app is removed from the Oculus and Microsoft Mixed Reality stores. Support for the VR video app on Samsung Gear VR and Windows Odyssey will be discontinued.

Samsung XR was a connection to mobile devices for Samsung’s virtual reality systems. Users could stream 360-degree video from their phones without the need for a VR headset.


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