Vuplex VR Browser lets you surf the web in virtual reality with multiple browser windows that you can move and resize in 3D space. Just place your phone in a VR headset, connect a Daydream controller or bluetooth keyboard, and immerse yourself in your favorite websites!
• Position multiple windows around you, like you have as many computer screens as you want.
• Watch videos on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Reddit, and Facebook
• Voice control lets you dictate words instead of typing
• Place windows above you so you can surf the web while laying down.
• URL auto-completion based on history
• Text search
• Customizable backgrounds
• Full-screen and 360-degree video
• Rearrangeable tabs
Integrate the Unity 3D WebView plugin into your own app: https://developer.vuplex.com
• Looks great on iPhone X, but is harder to see on lower-resolution displays
• Degraded performance on older phones (like iPhone 5S and 5C)
• Memory restrictions limit the number of videos you can play simultaneously
New feature: added new 3D background environments! To try them out, click on the "⋮" menu button, then go to "Settings" -> "Background".
• issue where it was easy to trigger an unwanted click while dragging the page to scroll
• issue where back / forward navigation wouldn't work correctly on youtube.com
• issue where a YouTube video would continue playing after navigating to the YouTube homepage
• issue where "about:blank" was being saved to the browser history
Ratings and Reviews
Good app with great potential
Thank you for making this browser. Some things that I would like to see in the future:
*the ability to tweak the shape of windows to allow for a curvature to be added to the window pane. This would allow for viewing of the window from a wider angle, similarly to curved televisions
*the ability to have minimized windows represented as a customizable (even if the representation is just a colored mote of light) object that may be toggled to be shown while off screen or stashed in a virtual tray
*The ability to resize windows
*voice to text support when typing in text
*the ability to set a wallpaper to the virtual environment or to change the color of the background
*the ability to toggle an “anchoring” object analogous to a desk, floor, or representation of a plain room with a contrasting colored floor to help prevent simulation sickness from the sensation of looking into cyberspace floating with no reference point
*Wireless mouse support: the mouse could move the focal point in 2d space within a sphere around the user as long as the head doesn’t move out of a dead zone to allow for less head movement if desired by the user. Also, many people already own Bluetooth mice and it may make your app more accessible for people that don’t own the daydream controller
Thank you again for your meaningful contribution. I appreciate you taking the time to develop this
Developer Response ,
Thanks, Cthlu! I'm so glad you took the time to send me your thoughtful feedback. I included a response below for each item you described. Let me know if you have other ideas or feedback, and feel free to email me at email@example.com. It looks like the App Store removes newlines from replies, so sorry if this is hard to read.
1. "the ability to tweak the shape of windows to allow for a curvature to be added to the window pane."
I agree - I've bumped up this feature's priority on my roadmap based on your feedback. This would be especially useful for when multiple windows are opened side-by-side, because currently the window flatness makes it difficult to position them next to each other without colliding.
2. "the ability to have minimized windows represented as a customizable (even if the representation is just a colored mote of light) object that may be toggled to be shown while off screen or stashed in a virtual tray"
I appreciate your thoughts on this! Although my plan is to incrementally introduce features to provide a desktop-like experience, I honestly haven't put much thought yet into what the window minification feature will look like. I like your idea of representing windows as colored motes of light, though, and I added this feature to my roadmap along with a note with your feedback.
3. "The ability to resize windows"
This is supported in the app today, but it sounds like I may need to make this feature easier to discover. If you hover over the edge or corner of a window, the cursor turns into a double-sided arrow, and you can click and drag the cursor to resize.
4. "voice to text support when typing in text"
This is also badly needed! The good news is that this is one of the next features that I plan to tackle, so look for this to be added in the coming weeks.
5. "the ability to set a wallpaper to the virtual environment or to change the color of the background"
Update: I just released an update to allow the background image and color to be updated by selecting the "Change background" option from the browser's dropdown menu.
6. "the ability to toggle an “anchoring” object"
This is really interesting, and something that I had never thought about. This seems like something I could add fairly quickly, so I added this to my roadmap and plan to add it.
7. "Wireless mouse support"
I'm glad you mentioned this, because it has been a while since I thought about wireless mouse support. You have a good point about wireless mice being common (probably even more common than Bluetooth keyboards, I'm now realizing). Now that the app can support different types of pointer devices, I'll take another look this. Thanks for your idea about minimizing the cursor movement with respect to head position, too.
It actually works
I was hesitant when I saw there was a VR browser for iOS. But, it actually works! I have a galaxy s8+ that I have used with daydream and gear VR and I love the concept of being able to browse the web in VR. The latest update says added daydream controller support, and when I click the home button on the controller the controller comes up on the screen, but I can’t actually use it. Not sure if we just can’t use the daydream controller because of googles software or not, but that would really be an awesome feature added to this if they could make it work. A couple of other things I would like to see is video playback implemented. It says coming soon, so hopefully an update in the near future will add that. Different backgrounds. The sky is soothing, but a couple of options like some other apps out there have, would be a solid addition. Looking forward to see where this app goes!
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for your feedback and review! Updates:
- I just released an update to allow the background image and color to be updated by choosing the "Change background" option from the browser's dropdown menu
- I recently discovered that the Daydream controller support works for the third-party Virtoba Daydream controllers but not the ones manufactured by Google. I'll try to figure out what's different about the Google-manufactured ones that is preventing them from working.
Potential is there
I definitely do see an app like this working, it's a great concept. However, some accessibility features for those using the barebones one button headsets (which are the most prominent phone VR sets due to their cheapness) should be implemented. Such improvements could be the ability to move/increase the size of the keyboard so it can be more easily used, a scroll that used a sort of Grab method with the cursor and holding down the button, and maybe a built in autocomplete word system with the keyboard, similar to video game consoles.
Developer Response ,
Hi, developer here 👋. Thank you so much for the review and feedback! I'm glad you listed these ideas, because I honestly haven't focused much on the experience for one-button headsets. I think you've identified some good improvements here, so I'm going to get a headset like that and work on these. Another thing that I plan to add soon that will help is speech-to-text dictation with the microphone, so you can say things instead of typing. I'll post an update here once I add some of these features in.
- Nathan Hill
- 293.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (6th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation).
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2019 Nathan Hill
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.