May 11 AT 1:49 PM Dustin Earley 0 Comments

Rumor: Android VR and standalone VR headset to launch at Google I/O

Google Cardboard

According to a rumor making the rounds today, Google will be launching a new virtual reality experience at Google I/O called Android VR, along with a standalone headset to go with it.

The rumor stems from Gizmodo and Engadget cofounder Peter Rojas, who says Google is working on a standalone headset called Android VR that will not be powered by a mobile phone or computer. Google is also said to be working on an entire Android-based VR ecosystem (think Android Wear, etc.) so it’s unclear if the headset itself will be called Android VR or if Rojas is a little unclear on the details.

According to Rojas, the quality of the experience falls somewhere between the Gear VR and the Vive, both of which are considerably better than Google Cardboard. Android Police had a bit to add to today’s rumor, saying they’ve heard a controller is also in the works, there have been references to Android VR in the latest Unreal Engine preview and VR support will go deep in Android N, possibly including VR-specific launchers and more.

With virtual reality being touted as the next big thing in technology, no one is surprised to see Google doing so much with the technology. This I/O is jam-packed full of VR sessions and we can’t wait to see more.

Via: Android Police

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