You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Samsung’s VP of Immersive Nick DiCarlo Has Left the Company

One of the key figures behind Samsung’s Gear VR headset has left the company: Nick DiCarlo, whose official title at Samsung was VP immersive products strategy and product marketing, announced his departure from the company Friday on Twitter.

” For the last 3 (years), I’ve been inspired by the knowledge, creativity and talent of this community,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “Thank you for being so open and welcoming.”

Samsung confirmed the departure when contacted by Variety, with a spokesperson telling us that immersive products will be led by senior product management director Shoneel Kolhatkar going forward. “Nick DiCarlo was a valued, long-standing team member who made significant contributions during his tenure at Samsung. We thank him for his time and efforts, and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” the company said in a statement.

DiCarlo had worked in varying roles for Samsung since 2007. He was instrumental to the launch of the Gear VR headset, which has arguably been one of the most successful VR hardware products to date. The company has sold more than 5 million Gear VR headsets, and Gear VR users have watched more than 10 million hours of video with the device.

At the same time, Samsung’s approach to VR has clearly evolved over time. At its inception, the Gear VR was very much driven by teams operating in the U.S. Since then, most of the product and development work was moved to South Korea, according to a source close to the company.

Samsung also moved beyond its partnership with Facebook’s Oculus, which is powering the Gear VR headset. The company announced a partnership with Google earlier this year, making the Galaxy S8 the first phone that operates with both Gear VR and Google’s Daydream VR headset. And this fall, Samsung unveiled a new PC-based VR headset powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality software.

More Digital

  • JUMP camera

    Google Is Shutting Down Its Jump VR Video Program

    Google will shut down Jump, its cloud-based video stitching service, this summer. The company emailed creators Friday afternoon to tell them that Jump would be shuttered on June 28, and detailed plans for the shut-down on its website as well. In its email, Google justified the closure of Jump with the emergence of new video [...]

  • Relix Live Music Conference

    Relix Live Music Conference Puts Spotlight on Gender Parity, Privacy

    The third annual Relix Live Music Conference took place at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl earlier this week. The two-day confab, which featured panels and Q&As by executives from such companies as Live Nation, Q Prime, SiriusXM, Bowery Presents, Glassnote Music, Shorefire Media and Splice, among many others, offered a fascinating and honest look at the [...]

  • Spotify Tests 'Car Thing' Audio Adapter

    Spotify Starts Testing In-Car Hardware

    Spotify is carefully taking a first step into the consumer hardware space: The company has begun to test a new in-car device that lets users access music and podcasts with voice commands, it revealed in a blog post Friday morning. “Car Thing,” as the device is being called for now, is only being tested in [...]

  • Hannah-Hart-BuzzFeed-Tasty-Edible-History

    BuzzFeed's Tasty Taps Hannah Hart for Food-History Show on Facebook Watch

    YouTube star and food fanatic Hannah Hart is combining her passions for cuisine and history in a new series for BuzzFeed’s Tasty on Facebook Watch. The eight-episode show, “Edible History,” premieres Sunday, May 19, at 8 a.m PT, on BuzzFeed’s Tasty Presents show page on Facebook Watch, with episodes released weekly. In each episode (7-12 [...]

  • YouTube Music

    Songza Co-Founders Have Left YouTube Music Ahead of Google Play Music Shut-Down

    The three co-founders of Songza, a music curation startup acquired by Google in  2014, have left YouTube Music, Variety has learned. Former Songza CEO Elias Roman, former chief product officer Elliott Breece and former chief operating officer Peter Asbill all quietly transitioned to new positions at Google’s startup incubator Area 120 in March. A YouTube [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content