'Android VR' confirmed by Google developer website
It appears almost sure that Google will launch an Android-powered VR headset that works and not using a telephone or PC. Android Police noticed an “Android VR” placeholder in Google’s Play Developer Console, and Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas (now an entrepreneur at funding agency Betaworks) tweeted that “Android VR might be undoubtedly be introduced subsequent week” (at Google I/O). Rojas added that the gadget can be a “standalone” headset that does not require a telephone, and can clearly be much less highly effective than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift fashions which are tethered to a PC.
The rumors jibe with an earlier report that Google will launch a standalone headset. The corporate might use movement-monitoring cameras powered by Movidius, an organization it labored with on the Venture Tango smartphone. Nevertheless, the Monetary Occasions additionally reported that Google will launch a tool that does require a smartphone, however helps a number of manufacturers, in contrast to Samsung’s Gear VR. In accordance with the WSJ, it might launch each varieties of fashions at its I/O convention.
Android VR will certainly be introduced subsequent week, and from what I’ve heard shall be much less highly effective than the Vive or Rift.
— Peter Rojas (@peterrojas) Might eleven, 2016
Neither sort of headset requires third-social gathering apps, as a result of the Android VR expertise will supposedly be constructed proper into Android. That might differ from Google’s Cardboard or the Gear VR, which requires Oculus software program to run. The latter headset is the one most individuals consider for smartphone VR, as Samsung cannily jumped on the tech as a method to promote its excessive-finish smartphones. Because of a giveaway promo with the S7 mannequin and an affordable $one hundred worth, over a million customers now personal one.
A number of people (together with me) purchased a Galaxy telephone simply to get the Gear VR, so if Google launches a wearable and ecosystem that helps extra smartphones, Samsung and Oculus will lose their “monopoly.” It appears possible that Android VR shall be baked into the upcoming Android N working system, so it might take some time earlier than you should purchase these theoretical headsets. If correct, nevertheless, the merchandise will stoke a ton of curiosity for Google’s I/O convention, which Engadget shall be overlaying extensively from Might 18-20. (That is subsequent week!)