Samsung restricts the use of their 360-degree camera — the aptly-named Samsung Gear 360 — to users of Samsung phone. As unfortunate as this is, the community has come up with a way to get it to work for those who aren’t necessarily interested in owning a Galaxy phone.
XDA developer Bin4ry has created a modified version of the Samsung Gear 360 Manager app that is used to control the Samsung Gear 360. The modified version can now work on almost any phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. You’ll also need Samsung’s Accessory Service app which can be downloaded to select supported non-Samsung handsets (mostly all with Android 4.4. or higher, but your mileage may vary).
Even cooler, the app gets rid of the restriction that only allows the Galaxy S7 to record in 4K video, meaning this could be useful for those who do own a Samsung flagship from 2015 or earlier.
Of course, video recording performance may not be up to standard, so don’t blame Samsung if your videos don’t come out quite as well as advertised (which, honestly, wasn’t great to begin with). Be sure to give it a go if you’ve been wanting to use your Samsung Gear 360 with other phones.