MWC 2016: Samsung gets into Gear to boost VR and launches new Galaxy phone range | MWC 2016
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Sharing a stage at Mobile World Congress with no less a figure than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Samsung has presented its new take on virtual reality (VR) and unveiled its latest range of Galaxy smartphones.

Aiming to tap into the growing market for VR applications, the company has launched the Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree camera that lets people create, view and share their favourite experiences through video and still image content. Gear 360 is said to be designed for ‘travel, major life events and every activity in between to provide an all-encompassing visual experience’. The new camera also taken advantage of technology embedded within its Galaxy device range.

Samsung Gear 360 is equipped with dual fisheye lenses, which both have 15 mega-pixel image sensors, giving the ability to capture high-resolution (3840x1920) 360° video that also supports 30 mega-pixel still images. Users are also able to shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images using only one side of the camera lens. Gear 360 offers Bright Lens F2.0, which creates high resolution images even in low-light conditions, where users can create full panoramic videos.

When Gear 360 is synced with a Samsung smartphone, users will be able to preview content in real time when recording. In addition, Gear 360 will automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly through social channels including Google Street View. For a real 360 viewing experience, users can watch self-created content through Gear VR. All these features will be available through a dedicated mobile application for download from Galaxy Apps, Google Play and PC software for more in-depth editing capabilities.

Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphones including the newly released Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The 5.1” and 5.5” devices are constructed with 3D glass and metal introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, which is said to deliver brighter and sharper images, even in low light.

Samsung also claims to have made ‘significant’ hardware and software updates to optimise performance on the devices. A new add-on allows users to manage battery consumption and minimise notifications.