Google gearing Android for virtual reality

Internet giant Google is making a version of its Android operating system to power virtual reality apps, the Wall Street Journal
Internet giant Google is making a version of its Android operating system to power virtual reality apps, the Wall Street Journal reported

Internet giant Google is making a version of its Android operating system to power virtual reality apps, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The California-based company has set up a team of "tens of engineers" to build the version of the operating system that can be integrated in future devices, the Journal said Friday, citing two sources familiar with the project.

It added that Google plans to distribute it for free, much as it did with Android in a move that made it the most popular operating system for smartphones.

However, Google's project faces fierce competition from Facebook, owner of virtual reality headgear star Oculus Rift, among others.

The technology made headlines early in the week as headgear makers took center stage at a Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, Sony unveiled a new-generation prototype of its "Morpheus" virtual reality headgear and said a version for consumers is on track for release in the first half of next year.

Smartphone maker HTC and Microsoft with its HoloLens are also heavy hitters in the headgear industry.


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Mar 08, 2015
Does anyone have an opinion on whether we'll see projectors in phones and smart watches or if it's going to be done with hologram/glass set-ups? I feel the obvious next step is to do away with the screens. Microsofts headset is pretty neat especially if they can make it like sony's eye-piece but a projector that projects on your wrist/arm or a table/wall is also very doable and very exciting. I'm sure the forum is a more appropriate place but figured I'd toss it out there.

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Mar 08, 2015
Not in 20 years at least.Also, Microsoft isn't VR, it's AR. You could make a cardboard thing to hold your phone like Google VR and get the same thing today pretty much.

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