Samsung sells over 185,000 Gear VR headsets in Germany
VR has become a hot topic in the industry in ways that 3D television sets never quite reached. According to studies by Kaspersky Lab and market research firm Statista, however, it will take some time before the technology becomes mainstream. Nonetheless, Samsung has so far been very pleased with sales of its Gear VR headset.
The Gear VR was introduced in 2014 as the "Innovator Edition" only to be revised and improved six months later to the current Gear VR headset. The manufacturer has reportedly sold over 185000 Gear VR headsets in Germany alone. Support for the goggles has grown and users can now create their own 360-degree content. The latest Gear VR is only compatible with high-end Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge. A special omni-directional camera is also available for the Gear VR to capture 360-degree videos that can then be played back on the VR headset.
At least one company is working on a universal VR headset that will be compatible with any Android smartphone within a certain size range to compete against Samsung.