Financial Times reported that Google is developing a virtual reality headset made of plastic and which will run on a VR-optimized version of Android, just like smartwatches run on Android Wear. But there are many reasons why the Google VR device is considered an alternative to Samsung’s Gear VR. For example, the smartphone will be inserted into the headset and the images are processed and displayed on the display that is for each eye. Plus, the alleged Android VR device will have built-in sensors such as motion sensors, which will create 3D effects.
Google is also expected to release an Android VR platform which will come preinstalled on the upcoming VR device and will reduce latency, which is the main cause for motion sickness. The Cardboard has this problem and Google will try to get rid of it on the next VR headset.
After Google started to show interest in virtual reality, in mid-2014 the company has unveiled the affordable cardboard headset at the I/O developers conference. The device was sold well and in January 2016 there were shipped over 5 million units, so things are going great for Google. The company has invested also in augmented reality, funding Magic Leap, a company from Florida, and helped raise $800 million along with the other partners who were part of a special group. Google has also collaborated with Mattel and created a VR version of the classic View-Master.
There aren’t many known details about the upcoming Google VR headset, but at least there are software tools which can be used by developers to create applications for Cardboard, which works with Android and iOS. In addition, Google has created a system with which the users can create 360-degree VR videos. The company will need to create something more interesting than the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear, or else, the device won’t draw any attention.
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