Tech giants improves smartphone cameras, turn to virtual reality
BARCELONA: South Korean tech giants Samsung Electronics and LG unveiled new smartphones with better cameras and turned to virtual reality to boost interest in their headsets at a time of slowing sales.
Samsung launched two versions of its flagship phone, the flat screen Galaxy S7 and the curved screen Galaxy S7 edge, with cameras that can take better pictures under low-light conditions.
The company, the world’s number one smartphone maker, also debuted its first 360 degree camera, the Gear 360, in Barcelona where the mobile industry is gathered for the start of the Mobile World Congress on Monday, in its latest attempt to remain ahead of Apple.
The camera is designed to make it easy to take all-around photos and videos that can be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or viewed as immersive experiences on Samsung’s virtual reality Gear VR headsets which went on sale in November.
“User generated 360 degree photos and films are going to see rapid growth in 2016. Numerous 360 degree cameras are being launched and users will want to get access to this content,” said chief of research at CCS Insight, Ben Wood.
“Although it can be viewed on a standard smartphone or PC screen, the most impactful way of looking at this content is with a VR headset — this is undoubtedly going to drive sales of these products.”