2016 is here and so is virtual reality. Google is rarely seen within the VR category. However, it seems like this year it will be catching up with its competitors, Microsoft and Facebook; both of which are on an advanced level of developing products and services for virtual reality.
In the past, Google was seen taking up VR technology, but so little effort and time was spent on it to fully say that it is progressing fast. But it seems like they have woken up from a deep slumber. This fact was proven when the search engine giant officially appointed a VR Head in the person of Clay Bavor. Bavor was tasked to take on the VR related products and services, reports CNBC.
But Google didn’t stop at just appointing a VR boss and having its Google Cardboard product. Now, there are reports that the tech firm is planning to release a more substantial VR product, which will be a bit similar to Samsung’s Gear VR, says The Verge. The newest VR product by the search giant is its Google VP headset which will be plastic and based on new Android software.
According to ZDNet, Google will release the headset together with its new Android VR technology within 2016. Based on the report of Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times, the new product will use an existing smartphone that fits a slot on the phone headset. It is also reported that the upcoming headset will support a wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. It is also bound to have better sensors and lenses.
It is also said that most of the headset’s processing power will be supplied by the smartphone, but the reports suggest that it will not be completely dependent on it. Google’s first VR venture announced into the public is the Google cardboard. It has been around for more than a year and a half. It has two plastic lenses and holds a user’s smartphone in the right position to function as a VR device.