MWC 2016: Samsung Unpacked Press Conference Live Blog... in VR?!by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on February 21, 2016 12:38 PM EST
02:02PM EST - Time to play!
02:02PM EST - We were told to take the boxes
02:01PM EST - Still don't know what the do not touch boxes are
02:01PM EST - Sounds like it's wrapping up
02:01PM EST - 'we deliver on every device, we are committed to stepping beyond boundaries'
02:00PM EST - More media rushing the stage as Mark leaves
01:58PM EST - Facebook social VR apps
01:58PM EST - I wonder how power intensive that is
01:58PM EST - Dynamic streaming - compress the bits you're not looking at
01:57PM EST - 20000 videos in 360 upload added to Facebook
01:57PM EST - All about Facebook 360 videos
01:56PM EST - Over 1 million hours of video watched on Gear VR
01:56PM EST - Wanted to target $99
01:55PM EST - Samsung can manufacture at scale
01:55PM EST - 'RealVR'
01:54PM EST - Combining Samsung + Facebook + Oculus
01:54PM EST - 'Or having a meeting somewhere exotic'
01:54PM EST - 'Imagine being at a campfire whenever you want '
01:53PM EST - Talking about having an immersive 360 experience on baby's first steps
01:52PM EST - About half the crowd rushed the stage
01:51PM EST - This is now possible with Samsung
01:51PM EST - Talking about VR websites
01:51PM EST - Mark Zuckerberg on stage
01:50PM EST - That was a good video, could see pixels though
01:49PM EST - Put on headset time
01:49PM EST - 'other reality'
01:48PM EST - S7 does the algorithm to show it on Gear VR
01:48PM EST - Preview love on S7 and S7 edge
01:47PM EST - 30MP and F2.0
01:47PM EST - There it is
01:47PM EST - Hand held
01:46PM EST - Gear 360 is for non-professionals to tell stories
01:46PM EST - For professionals
01:46PM EST - On screen is Project Beyond
01:45PM EST - 'real world is everywhere'
01:45PM EST - Pranav Mistry on stage
01:45PM EST - Makes sense, VR needs content
01:44PM EST - All about content creation for VR
01:44PM EST - Gear 360 camera for content creation
01:43PM EST - Services and products in VR now
01:43PM EST - New products and services to automobile
01:42PM EST - Samsung Connect Auto built on Tizen and Google Connect
01:41PM EST - 'our special relationship with Google'
01:41PM EST - More carriers supported
01:41PM EST - Expansion of Samsung Pay in 2016 and 2017
01:40PM EST - 'working with partners on products and services'
01:39PM EST - It's a shame more of this event isn't in VR
01:39PM EST - 'Smartphones are not the end of the line'
01:38PM EST - DJ Koh back on stage
01:37PM EST - Select countries get a gear VR as a gift when you order
01:37PM EST - Available March 11, preorders in a week
01:36PM EST - Dates coming up
01:35PM EST - Epic is working with Samsung to improve mobile gaming
01:35PM EST - Running real-time on an S7
01:35PM EST - Reflections with AA
01:34PM EST - Demo on stage
01:34PM EST - Tim Sweeney now on stage
01:33PM EST - Galaxy Game Pack - $200 of ingame credit for popular games
01:33PM EST - Game launcher during games to aid gaming
01:32PM EST - First smartphones with Vulkan are S7 and S7 edge
01:32PM EST - Accessories too
01:31PM EST - 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh batteries
01:31PM EST - 14nm with heatpipe is interesting
01:31PM EST - There's a heatpipe ?!
01:30PM EST - S7 is 30% faster than last gen, GPU is 60% faster
01:30PM EST - Now talking about SoC
01:29PM EST - Also wide angle and fish eye lens covers
01:28PM EST - Now Motion Panorama
01:28PM EST - So this is to enhance experience in low light laggy focus
01:27PM EST - All pixels have two sides to help focus
01:26PM EST - First to embed Dual Pixel
01:25PM EST - 30% larger pixels than 6S Plus
01:25PM EST - F1.7 aperture
01:24PM EST - 'HQ pictures in day and night was a challenege'
01:23PM EST - Updated camera
01:23PM EST - I bet the water proofing makes it harder to fix
01:23PM EST - MicroSD card slot too
01:22PM EST - 30 mins in 1m of water
01:22PM EST - S7 is sealed inside, IP68
01:22PM EST - Talking about water resistance
01:21PM EST - 'needs to be life proof'
01:21PM EST - 3rd party always on screens
01:20PM EST - Smart enough to know if the screen is face down or in your pocket
01:20PM EST - Always on display for time and missed call
01:19PM EST - It looks like an easier edge to use than the S6 edge
01:19PM EST - SDK opened for 3rd party edge panels
01:18PM EST - Do, more, faster. Edge panel updated
01:18PM EST - New phones feel more natural in hand
01:17PM EST - Months perfecting 3d forming process
01:16PM EST - Apologies for slow updates, WiFi is flaky
01:16PM EST - 'S7 and S7 Edge take a bigger step forward '
01:15PM EST - SVP Justin Dennisson on stage
01:14PM EST - 'this is what imagining a smartphone can do'
01:14PM EST - S7 AND S7 edge
01:13PM EST - It looks like a galaxy s7 you know
01:11PM EST - Time to put on the gear VR
01:10PM EST - 'We are human, but explorers'
01:10PM EST - 'We are human, but explorers'
01:08PM EST - ' Pioneer of Mobile Technology'
01:06PM EST - ' The Next Big Step Forward '
01:06PM EST - DJ Koh up on stage. This odd stage
01:06PM EST - It begins
12:52PM EST - and under each seat is a box that says DO NOT TOUCH
12:52PM EST - But in each seat is a Gear VR (Note 5 equipped)
12:51PM EST - Here's something interesting, the stage is in the center of the room with seats around the outside
12:51PM EST - Andrei and I are here to live blog the Samsung event