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Oculus VR News | August 12, 2022

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Oculus Disables Gear VR Support on Galaxy Note 7

Oculus Disables Gear VR Support on Galaxy Note 7

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In an effort to ensure the safety of all Gear VR users on the Oculus platform, Oculus has pushed out an update that disables the Gear VR app from supporting Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, according to several sources.

Earlier last month, Samsung issued a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 due to a flaw in the phone’s lithium-ion battery cell. However, after numerous new reports continue to plaque Samsung’s Note 7 for exploding and bursting into flames

The Oculus update comes shortly after numerous new reports continue to plaque Samsung’s Note 7 for exploding and bursting into flames, which has also led to all major carriers halting sales and replacements for the device. Earlier last month, Samsung issued a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 due to a flaw in the phone’s lithium-ion battery cell said to be the primary cause of the problem.

At this time, users who attempt to pair a Note 7 device with a Gear VR headset will now see the following message:

“Customer safety is Oculus’ top priority. Oculus is removing support for all Note7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR. For more information regarding the Note7, please contact Samsung directly.”

Fortunately, while there have been no known reports of a Note 7 catching fire or exploding while being strapped to a person’s face in the Gear VR headset, its a wise move by Oculus and Samsung to take these preemptive steps in order to prevent such a catastrophic liability from ever happening.

For those who currently own other Samsung phone devices, you still have options with your new Gear VR. The headset supports a lineup of compatible smartphones, including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, and Note 5.