Remember the Gear S2/Gear VR remote control patent Samsung filed 10 months ago? Patents are often covered and then forgotten, simply because of 1) the sheer number of patents filed by tech companies every day and 2) the ability of tech company patents to quickly fade away from public memory because the number of patent filings can prove overwhelming. Tech companies that desire to remain cutting-edge must worry about 3-5 years from now, but customers concern themselves with what's now or available in the near future (and by future, I mean "6 months" max).
While we've spent the year enjoying the Gear S2 with its newfound iOS integration (and now, soon to arrive, the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic), not to mention Samsung's Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy Note 7, and the company's latest smart fitness band, the Gear Fit2 (the first fitness band Samsung has made since 2014), the Korean giant has been busy at work bringing its patent filings from last December to fruition. The Gear VR remote control patent for Samsung's Gear S2 and Gear S3 smartwatches is soon to become a reality, according to inside sources that work in tandem with Samsung fan site SamMobile.
SamMobile says that Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch users (and Gear S3 users, once the new smartwatches become available) will be able to control their Gear VR using the Gear S2 by way of a Gear VR remote control app. The rotating bezel of the Gear S2 will allow users to do things such as "go back or forward in the gallery" or "control VR videos and even games in which the rotating bezel can be used as an input method," the site says.
There are no other details provided by my colleagues, but I have a feeling that more will be revealed the closer the app gets to market.
Are you excited about a Gear VR remote control app for your Gear S2? Planning to pick up the Gear S3?