Google no longer considers its Cardboard efforts to be competitive enough in the virtual reality space, and is hence seemingly ready to launch Android VR. Fresh evidence of the presence of this Android-powered headset has been spotted on the Android developer site.
A placeholder section dubbed Android VR is present on this site, which leaves no doubt that such a thing indeed exists. It has the same icon as that of Android Wear, but that should be changed by Google. In fact, the listing might already have been removed by the time you’re reading this.
Unlike the Cardboard, the Android VR headset will not require a smartphone in order to work, according to word out on the street. This standalone device will run on Android, and will hence be less powerful than the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive which work with PCs.
And there are also reports that Google will release another headset that will be compatible with a number of smartphone brands rather than one, unlike Samsung’s Gear VR. While the Cardboard concept serves the same purpose, it certainly cannot be looked at as a sophisticated virtual reality device.
Virtual reality has become the buzz word this year, with big players like Oculus Rift as well as HTC Vive out for purchase right now. The smartphone section is dominated by the Gear VR headset which has managed to sell off more than a million units already. Google now has a big task on its hand if it wants to compete with Samsung’s offering.
There’s little doubt now that Android VR will be unveiled at Google I/O which has been scheduled to commence on May 18.