updated 02:49 pm EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Software confirms Gear VR modular design, installs three apps for use including manager
On top of getting their hands on a render photo and a name for Samsung's upcoming virtual reality (VR) device earlier this month, Sammobile was able to spend some time with an early version of the software responsible for controlling the Gear VR. Called Gear VR Manager, the software shows off some of the basic usage features of the headset, along with the setup.
In the exclusive look at the software, the publication goes over the process of setting up a new Gear VR device. As was previously uncovered, the Gear VR isn't a plug-in headset like the Oculus Rift or Sony's Project Morpheus. Instead, it's closer to the cardboard VR glasses that were handed out during Google I/O.
The previous information had said that the Gear VR would require a Galaxy device to be docked into the Gear VR, and connected via USB 3.0. In the setup wizard Sammobile was able to play with, this was confirmed -- as at the end of the process, the manager asks users to dock or "mount" the device.
In the process of setup, it appears that the wizard downloads three pieces of software to run the experience, including VR Cinema and VR Panorama. The third, HMT Manager, is stated to be an early version of the Gear VR Manager. Without having the device, not much was able to come about from the install of the VR Cinema and VR Panorama apps.
Within the HMT Manager, a number of items were able to be seen, including the ability to setup a warning alert to the wearer every hour, triggering an undock alert, setting up a VR lock when the headset is on, and calibrating the unit. A developer mode and help section are also included.
The help section outlines a number of procedures for using the device. The unit pictured in the help aligns with the render that the site first published, including the touch pad and the button above it. While the button was originally thought to only be used for activating the see-through feature, it's also a back button for navigation.
Users will need to become familiar with using the touchpad and physical back button, as the screen isn't accessible while mounted in the googles. However, it appears that voice commands can be issued to launch apps through S Voice by using the trigger phrase "Hi Galaxy."
The publication reiterates the Gear VR will be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in September.