Can anyone still install and use the Gear VR in 2020?
I've been using the Gear VR since 2016, and until a few months ago, it was still working fine on my Note 4 (even though it isn't officially supported anymore). I tried to put it to good use again, so I did a factory reset on the phone and reinstalled the Gear VR software. Unfortunately, I could not get past the login screen (as I've seen reported by other users on this forum as well). I managed to restore an older version of the software (Oculus Horizon 3.38) from a backup and pass that step, but afterwards I could neither update nor install any VR app (another complaint I've seen from other users). FWIW, I looked at the logcat and this problem seems to be caused by a missing API in the latest Facebook app, but I didn't try to downgrade it, too.
invested a bit on my Gear VR (US$ 100), such as extra padding (US$ 35),
cooling fan (US$ 55), controller (US $38) and about US$ 100 in apps. That's almost US$ 330 that I can't use
anymore, apparently due to planned obsolescence...
I opened a support ticket, but the answer was "We will have more information to share about Gear VR in the coming months", and "The only other suggestion I can provide is to try one of the phones that is still supported" (Galaxy A9 2018, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G).
So it seems I'm out of luck... and also, that makes me think: if I invest my money in the Oculus Quest, will the same thing happen again in the future?