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Voice Search Problems with Your Gear VR? Here’s How to Fix It

29 January 2017, 6:30 pm EST By Des Luna Tech Times
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Samsung jumped into the VR craze with its very own Samsung Gear VR. This Gear was designed to work with Samsung flagship phones such as Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note series. The biggest feature of Gear VR however is its voice search for web browsing. Using the Samsung Internet app, one can surf the web easily with few spoken keywords.

But this tech is not without its hijinks. The voice search can be interrupted by other apps; others just won't start. But throw your headsets -- there's an easy fix for this.

Samsung actually relies on Google voice search to do its webcrawling. So you first need to make sure the big G is updated. Open your Google Play and check if it is updated to the most recent version.

Moreover, it can be a simple Text-to-Speech hiccup. Go to your phone settings and check the Language and Input. There, tap Text-to-Speech to toggle it. Moreover, make sure to switch to Google Text-to-Speech engine.

Now, put your VR on and open Samsung Internet app. At this point, your VR should be working fine. Now enjoy your movie streaming or whatever it is you do on the web.

To wrap it up, here are the quick and easy steps to fix your VR voice prob:

Update your Google app

• Open up Google Play on your phone

• Search your installed apps and find Google

• Update the app to the most current version

Enable Google Text-to-speech

• Open the settings on your phone.

• Tap on Language and input.

• Tap on Text-to-speech

• Tap on Google Text-to-speech

• Open Samsung Internet app and voila, voice search activated! 

Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset developed by Samsung in partnership with Oculus, the creator of the first commercial VR headseat, Oculus. Gear VR was released on Nov. 27, 2015.

This product is positioned to work in tandem with Samsung flagship devices such as Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S7 series. The phones act as the display and processor, while the headgear is the "controller", done by moving the head, a technology enabled by motion sensors.

As of February 2016, there are 185 apps available for Gear VR in the Oculus store. One popular use of the VR is the 360-degree panorama view using the Oculus 360 app. Netflix also released a streaming service to be used on Gear VR.

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