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YouTube extends its VR app to Samsung's Gear VR device, allowing you to watch videos with strangers



YouTube extends its virtual reality app to support Samsung's Gear VR devices, and it also adds a new feature that lets users watch and video a video. If you own a Gear VR device, you can download the app from the Oculus store that begins this week, Google announced today in a blog post.

YouTube has been strikingly absent from the Oculus store and has been a significant selling point for the Google Daydream VR platform, even though it is also available on the PlayStation VR headset and Oculus Rift or HTC Vive users can access to it via SteamVR. You can access YouTube through Gear VR's browser, but this update still closes a remarkable gap in Gear VR's video ecosystem. YouTube does not mention supporting Oculus's new mobile device, the stand-alone Oculus Go.

Users can now also hang up with friends or strangers to see and talk about videos together in a VR room. In the example YouTube provided, users can ride a virtual car or watch other VR videos. To access the feature, touch the View Composer icon under the control controls on the Daydream View or Gear VR headset.

Google first announced the social YouTube VR features last year during the Developer Conference, but it seems that they're just roll out now.


YouTube also announced new VR experiences, including backstage views on Hayley Kiyoko and Portugal. The man as they prepare to perform a performance. You can also view the daily routines of remarkable female leaders in a series entitled The Female Planet .


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