Flickr Launches Gear VR App for 360-Degree Photos


Last month we saw YouTube unleash the largest library of virtual reality video content with an update to give viewers the option to watch supported videos with a Google Cardboard Viewer.

Now Yahoo is stepping up to the plate with the launch of their Flickr VR app for Samsung’s Gear VR. The Flickr VR app allows you to access a library of 360-degree photos that have been uploaded by users.  The company states that users have uploaded “tens of thousands” of 360-degree photos over the years, which could potentially position Flickr to be one of the largest 360-degree photo libraries in VR.

Flickr VR Gear VR App

If you own a Gear VR, just snap in your phone, navigate to the store, and swipe until you find the Flickr VR app to install (it was all the way at the end for us).

Upon opening the Flickr VR app, you will be greeted with a carousel of the top curated 360-degree photos from Flickr. Select any image and you will be teleported into the scene. That is pretty much it for the app right now, but we would love to see a future update that includes functions for saving, liking, or even just organizing images into a collection for easier viewing later.

Don’t have a Gear VR? Flickr allows embedding of the 360-degree photos that you can swipe and interact with shown below.
Horseshoe Bend

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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