Flickr is one of the most widely used online destinations for photo-sharing, it’s also regularly used by professionals who use the Yahoo-owned service to showcase their work. That means that users have quite a bit of exceptional content to peruse, and what better way can there be than to experience an image in 360-degree virtual reality. The official Flickr virtual reality app has now been launched and it’s available for the Samsung Gear VR.
Samsung’s Gear VR was released to the public only recently and initial demand appears to be so high that online retailers quickly sold out of the inventory. Over the past few weeks multiple services have launched their virtual reality iterations for the Gear VR so headset owners aren’t really pressed for content that much.
Flickr VR is compatible with Samsung smartphones that work with the Gear VR consumer edition, that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
Upon launching the app on Gear VR users will first see a carousel of the top curated 360-degree photos from Flickr, selecting any of those images will immediately take the user to an impressive virtual reality experience so much so that Yahoo says “people who view Flickr 360° photos for the first time do not want to take the Samsung Gear VR off.”
Flickr promises new features for the virtual reality app as well as new experiences for 360-degree photos on the web and mobile. Flickr VR is available as a free download right now from the Play Store.