There have been many reports of Galaxy Note 7 handsets catching fire recently even though Samsung shipped what it claimed were safe units after the initial 2.5 million units were recalled. It’s a miracle that there were no reports of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding while it was being used in the Gear VR. To eliminate the horrific possibility of that ever happening, Oculus today sent out an update which disables Gear VR support on the ill-fated flagship.
Oculus has sent out an update for its mobile app today which disables Gear VR support on the Galaxy Note 7. The company has also updated its website to confirm that the Galaxy Note 7 is not going to work with the Gear VR “until further notice.”
We can rule out the possibility of Oculus ever enabling support again because Samsung has now killed the Galaxy Note 7. It will no longer produce and sell the handset. There’s absolutely no reason now for Oculus to bring back Gear VR support as Samsung itself is advising customers to return all Galaxy Note 7 units, regardless of whether it’s an original or replacement unit.
If you attempt to pair a Galaxy Note 7 with a Gear VR now, a message will be displayed which says that since customer safety is “Oculus’ top priority,” the company is removing support for all Galaxy Note 7 devices.