Flickr, the Yahoo-owned image and video hosting website, has today released a Samsung Gear VR app that lets you view the top rated 360-degree photos from the platform’s global userbase.
Flickr boasts over 60,000 panoramic photos on their site currently, a fraction of which are viewable on the Flickr VR Gear VR app.
The app presents you with an infinite carousel of the site’s top-rated 360 photos, everything from dentist offices to breath-taking vistas—and all extremely high quality to boot. According to a Flickr blog post announcing the new VR app, “Flickr is the best platform for 360° photos because we respect the image quality of uploaded photos, and we want to be one of the best ways to access engaging virtual reality experiences.”
There’s no shortage of 360 photo-viewing apps on the Gear VR store currently, but Flickr VR is the first to source the images directly from their user base. Quite how Flickr’s plans to move forward with plans to expand its 360 photo sharing and viewing service is as yet unclear, but with years as one of the top players in the marketplace, it’s another top name to add to the list of industry heavyweights backing immersive technologies like VR.
We’ll have our own hands on impressions with the new app up soon, meanwhile check out the 360 content already available on Flickr’s dedicated portal, or download the app for Gear VR from the Oculus Store now.