Google 'Daydream' will put VR capabilities into every Android handset

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Google is gunning for its rivals in the battle for virtual reality. The firm today revealed it will build new VR capabilities into the next version of Android. It is also working with manufacturers on a new headset that uses a phone as its screen. The new capabilities were unveiled by Clay Bavor, the head of Google's VR project, and the annual IO event in San Francisco. The new capabilites were unveiled by Clay Bavor, the head of Google's VR project.


Google takes aim at Oculus Rift VR with dedicated 'Android VR' software and headset

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Google is gunning for its rivals in the battle for virtual reality, according to the latest rumours. The California-based firm is reportedly working on an update to its current entry-level VR headset called Cardboard, and is expected to release the high-end gadget later this year. The rumours also claim Google is bolstering its Android support for VR and will create a headset that doesn't require a phone. Confirmation of the new system leaked on Google's own developer centre. On the right an icon for Android VR can be seen.


Move over Oculus: Samsung may be working on secret 'Odyssey' virtual reality headset

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Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. The VR headset would be a standalone device, where you could download games and films directly onto the headset. If the rumours are true, Samsung could beat its VR rivals like HTC and Oculus who sell VR devices that need extra hardware to experience virtual reality. Consumer electronics giant Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. Oculus Rift: Bought by Facebook in 2014 for 2 billion, Oculess sells the Rift headset for around 1,000 ( 1,320).


Google rumoured to be developing a new mixed reality headset

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The rumour mill has slipped into overdrive with talk over Google's plans for headset designs. While news emerged last week that the Californian web giant canned its plans for an Oculus Rift-style virtual reality headset, there are reports that the firm is working on a standalone headset which would blend virtual and augmented reality. Endgadget reports that members from the shelved project have been drafted'to work on a high-end headset' over the past few months, which could blend VR and AR, similar to Microsoft's Hololens. It is clear that Google is working on virtual reality and augmented reality, but whether a standalone high-end device is in the pipeline, or when it might be released, remains unclear. Earlier this year, the Mountain View-based firm announced its plans for Daydream, which will be a more advanced version of Cardboard.


Google readies new phones, gadgets featuring its software

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At Google's official launch in San Francisco at 9:00 PST (17:00 BST), the firm is expected to launch a personal-assistant for the home, alongside the new Pixel phone. The device, called'Home', is an internet-connected device, similar to Amazon's Echo speaker and was first unveiled in May. While Google has declined to confirm any specifics, analysts and industry blogs have suggested that a new virtual reality headset and a home router could also be unveiled. The device, called'Home', is an internet-connected speaker, similar to Amazon's Echo, and was first unveiled in May It is clear that Google is working on virtual reality and augmented reality, but whether a standalone high-end device will be released, remains unclear. Earlier this year, the Mountain View-based firm announced its plans for Daydream, which will be a more advanced version of Cardboard.