Google is said to be developing a virtual reality version of its Android operating system.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has “tens of engineers” involved in the project, with the newspaper citing two sources who claim that the company is already building virtual reality Android applications. WSJ also says that a virtual reality version of Android would be distributed freely in the same way as it is on smartphones and tablets.
Although virtual reality is a long way from mass production, it is thought of in some quarters as being the next big thing in tech.
This is despite the fact the devices don’t exactly look great when being worn, which is something that may not exactly endear them to mainstream consumers, however, it is of course still very early days in the development of VR.
Google is actually a little late to the party with VR, with a number of it competitors, notably Microsoft, Facebook and Samsung, having already begun development of their own virtual reality headsets and software.
Whilst virtual reality headsets have initially been associated with gaming, Microsoft’s recent unveiling of its HoloLens shows that VR potentially has a much wider scope than just playing computer games.
Facebook, which bought headset manufacturer Oculus VR for $2 billion last year, has recently discussed how virtual reality headsets could be used for communication purposes, enabling people to ‘talk’ with one another as if they’re in the same room.
Samsung has also developed its Gear VR and Sony has Project Morpheus, which took centre stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.
There is no information yet on when Android VR will be available or what it may look like.
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