Google’s Standalone Headsets Use Snapdragon 835 VR Platform

Yesterday we learned that Google is teaming up with Qualcomm to produce a new line of standalone VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like HTC and Lenovo. But what’s actually powering these headsets? As we suspected, the headsets run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which wasn’t outright stated at yesterday’s I/O keynote speech….

Google Brings AR Into The Classroom With ‘Expeditions AR’ Program

Google Expeditions expands services to include educational AR for students. Joining the list of announcements made during the first day of the 2017 Google I/O conference are plans to further expand the company’s Google Expeditions, helping to bring augmented reality experiences into classrooms across the U.S. Coming to schools this fall, the immersive applications will allow students…

I/O 2017: Google Unveils VPS – Indoor Navigation Through AR

Clay Bavor, VP of VR for Google, took the stage to share intriguing new information for immersive technology. He made a blockbuster announcement for the new standalone VR headset Google is working on with HTC and also shared that the S8 will finally be getting Daydream support. Not to be left out, AR also got some…

Google Expeditions to get AR Support This Year

Google’s I/O conference this week has got off to a sensational start in terms of virtual reality (VR) announcements. The company has revealed work on a new Daydream standalone headset that’ll be made by HTC and Lenovo. It also had news to share regarding augmented reality (AR), revealing that its Expeditions initiative will be bringing…

Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

At today’s annual Google I/O developer conference, Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality at Google, announced a new augmented reality service called Visual Positioning Service, the latest development for the Tango platform that promises to not only precisely map the world around you in concert with Google Maps, but also give you a ‘GPS-like’ turn-by-turn…

VR Development Gets Easier With Vitals in Android O

During the Google I/O conference, Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, Director of Product Management at Android spoke about the Android O developer preview, due for release later in summer. The new Android version focuses on two aspects; Fluid experiences for user interaction and creating the best user experience and Vitals for battery performance and reliability. Several new…

Samsung Galaxy S8 Is Finally Getting Daydream Support

Google today confirmed what we’ve long suspected; Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone will soon support Google’s Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. The news was announced on-stage at the Google I/O developer conference today. Both the S8 and S8 Plus will get a software update this summer that adds Daydream support. That means you’ll be able to…

Samsung Galaxy S8 Gets Google Daydream Support

Google Daydream has many phones that are currently compatible, including the upcoming LG flagship smartphone that will be launched later in the year. Google also announced during I/O that Samsung’s latest smartphones will also be getting Daydream support. Clay Bavor Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google announced during the presentation that the Samsung Galaxy…

Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo

Google’s currently holding its annual I/O conference today detailing plenty of plans for the future. Saving virtual reality (VR) to the end the company has announced a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) that’s completely standalone. Making the reveal was Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google, who said the company had been working alongside…

Standalone Google VR Headsets Coming from HTC and Lenovo

Google announces inside-out tracking standalone headset coming soon from partners. Google’s annual Google I/O developer kicked off Wednesday with Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor taking the stage to announce the company’s next-generation virtual reality headset. To be launched later this year, the standalone headset does not require a computer or a smartphone to power the device….

Google Announces Standalone Daydream VR Headsets Coming From HTC, Lenovo

On stage at the company’s Google I/O 2017 developer conference today, the company announced that it is building standalone Daydream VR headsets. The first partners to be working with the company to bring such headsets to market is HTC and Lenovo. Google announced Daydream, their high-end Android VR platform at I/O last year, and then…

Google Reveals WorldSense Standalone VR Headsets, Working With HTC

Looks like the rumors are true; Google just announced it’s working on its very own standalone VR headsets at its I/O conference. Meet WorldSense. Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor introduced this new initiative towards the end of the conference. These devices are being made with partners, a little like Microsoft works with partners for its…

YouTube Brings 360 Video To Your Living Room TV

Google’s annual Google I/O developer is in full swing, with a few new VR related announcements. Sarah Ali, head of living room products, took the stage to announce that 360 video is making its way to your YouTube app in home devices. When it comes to watching 360° videos, you can either watch on your laptop or mobile device. And…

Google I/O: The New Google Lens Shows AR Potential

Google I/O’s 2017 keynote kicked off with some exciting statistics, showing off just how impactful and widespread the company’s applications are. There are 800 million Google Drive users and 500 million active Google Photos users. For hardware, they’ve even reached an incredible milestone with over 2 billion active Android devices. Later into the keynote, Google’s…

Report: Google May Introduce a New All-in-one VR Headset at I/O Developer Conference

According to a Variety exclusive, Google may be gearing up to show off a brand new mobile VR headset at Google I/O developer conference this week, one that not only delivers VR in an all-in-one device, but could likely offer inside-out positional tracking as well. The Variety report maintains information of the alleged all-in-one mobile VR headset—which won’t require…

World of Warships to Launch Virtually Inside HMS Cavalier for London Tech Week

Wargaming.net, the developer behind World of Tanks and World of Warships, has announced a partnership with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Ballista Media, as well as Google Arts & Culture, on a virtual reality (VR) experience called Virtually Inside HMS Cavalier. An immersive exploration of the last of the British Royal Navy C-class WWII destroyers, the developer will be holding a launch event…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…

Report: Google May Show Standalone Inside-Out Tracking Headset At I/O

Just ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference last year rumors ran rampant that the company would show a standalone VR headset. The truth was actually something very different, but those murmurs have returned again just ahead of this year’s show. Variety is citing multiple sources with knowledge of the project in saying that Google may…

The 5 Best Free VR Games Available Right Now

So you’ve just bought your PC and VR headset. You’re raring to jump into virtual worlds but, let’s face it, you’re probably about $1,000 lighter than you were yesterday and gaming is not a cheap hobby. Surely there’s a way to test the waters of VR without having to throw down yet more cash? As…

The 5 Best Free VR Games Available Right Now

So you’ve just bought your PC and VR headset. You’re raring to jump into virtual worlds but, let’s face it, you’re probably about $1,000 lighter than you were yesterday and gaming is not a cheap hobby. Surely there’s a way to test the waters of VR without having to throw down yet more cash? As…

‘Alien: Covenant’ Delivers Gory 360° Video Teaser

Experience the incredibly graphic birth of a Neomorph alien in this now available 360-degree video. With Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant merely a week away from release, Fox is naturally going through great lengths to promote its latest addition to the infamous sci-fi thriller franchise. And what better way to go about it…

Single-Camera VR/AR Tracking Unveiled by uSens

Most current PC-based virtual reality (VR) systems rely on tracking sensors for head and hand tracking, which means positioning several tracking modules in the right position, which can be awkward for people with small or unusually-shaped rooms. Tracking technology specialist uSens is aiming to remove that requirement with advances in its Fingo camera technology. VRFocus…

Combine Your VR Headset And Your Prescription With VR Frames

With any type of head-mounted display, prescription lens garbed users are typically left out in the cold (or profoundly uncomfortable in some of the major HMDs) until a special solution is crafted. Some VR headsets can be a nuisance especially, not allowing a lot of room for glasses to be worn depending on their design….