Google reportedly releasing new virtual reality headset

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Google is working on a new virtual reality headset for smartphones, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The new headset, which will apparently be released later this year, is the successor to Google Cardboard, the company’s previous foray into the world of virtual reality.

It is unclear at this stage if a new VR headset would mean the end of Google Cardboard or whether it become a cheaper alternative to newer, likely more expensive device.

The report in the Financial Times quotes an unnamed source which claims Google’s new VR headset will have “better sensors, lenses, and a more solid plastic casing”.

It is also said that the new headset will be compatible with a variety of different Android devices and, perhaps more importantly,  with more than Samsung’s Gear VR, which currently on works with a few Samsung Galaxy phones.

Whilst Google is yet to comment officially, the rumours perhaps couldn’t be more timely, given that rival Apple is said to be making a big move into the world of virtual reality.

Facebook is also expected to release its Oculus Rift VR headset within the next few months as the world’s biggest tech firms enter the race to get a foothold in what is expected to become the next big thing in the world of technology.

The new Google headset sounds like it could work in a similar way to Samsung’s Gear VR which is attached to the user’s smartphone with VR experience viewed through the display of the phone.

According to FT, Google could use its IO developer conference in May to officially unveil the new device, before it goes on sale in September.

Source: FT.com

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