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Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Virtual reality has to be personally experienced to be understood and appreciated, but it's not exactly the most accessible thing at the moment. Both in terms of equipment as well as content. Google Cardboard solved half the problem by making it almost too easy for anyone with an Android phone to get a cheap VR headset. WebVR solves the other half by making it easier to create content to work on almost any device that has a browser. Now Google is bringing those two together by making WebVR on Chrome work on Google Cardboard.

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With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

Google has announced a massive milestone for its Cardboard VR viewer today, revealing that it has shipped 10 million units. In a world where virtual reality seems to still be coming into its own, Cardboard is proving to be a significant player. That figure gets even more impressive when we consider that Cardboard has only been available since June 2014, so it took just over two-and-a-half years to move 10 million units.

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How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

Google Pixel users are now able to work and play with Google Daydream without the official Google Daydream View headset. While Google would rather that Daydream VR users use their first Daydream View headset, for sale in their store, there's another way to do it. Google has graciously allowed the Google Daydream environment to be fiddled with by anyone in an effort to draw developers for massive app and game creation.

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Google Daydream View Review

Google Daydream View Review

Our Google Daydream View VR headset Review opens the door to a new era in Google's mobile VR game, starting with Pixel. The first phones that work with Daydream are the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL, both of which are available at the same sources at the headset. The headset doesn't physically connect to the smartphone, but the smartphone does require a certain set of features in order to work. Is this Google's next big thing, or an unnecessary addition to Google's already decent start in VR with Cardboard?

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iOS Google Cardboard Camera: just in time for iPhone 7

iOS Google Cardboard Camera: just in time for iPhone 7

This week the folks at Google responsible for virtual reality action have released the Cardboard Camera app for iOS. This app had previously been released for Android devices only - now with an update to the Android app and a release to iOS, it's available for iPhone and iPad too. Users will be able to quickly take spherical photos with their iPhone or iPad, piece by piece, then upload them to the internet with Google's Cardboard Camera system.

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Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google's most awesome VR experience for Android has been released to the public. This is Expeditions, an app originally intended for classroom use, now available for the masses - everyone who ever wanted to go on a trip to a strange place without having to pack their bags. You'll be able to select from a "growing list" of over 200 Expeditions, all available for free to Android users right this minute. You might want a Cardboard headset to go along with this app, but you could always try it out without one first.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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How Google will bring Daydream to you

How Google will bring Daydream to you

Google's been hard at work over the past couple of years getting a virtual reality platform ready for the planet - this week they've opened the doors. With Google's "Daydream", developers will be given the keys to the mobile VR vehicle, and smartphone users will be taken for a ride. Not just a flat, smartphone screen ride, but a 3D, spherical, immersive ride, the likes of which have only been available with multi-hundred-dollar headsets before now.

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Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

This week Google Daydream has been introduced as the new name for Google's platform for Android VR. Software and hardware, that is. This program includes VR optimizations for smartphones, plans for headsets and controllers, and pathways for VR apps for Android - and Daydream. This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.

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Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Google Cardboard is among the easiest and cheapest ways to get in on the virtual reality craze. unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you. It's big, bulky, and not exactly made of the finest materials known to man. That's why Speck has launched their own VR adapter for your phone. And it's small enough that you can carry it almost anywhere.

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Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

There have been many promotions by Google and other companies to send out free Google Cardboard VR headsets. I got really excited about the Star Wars one last year, but despite getting signed up, mine never arrived. Thankfully, if you haven't been able to get in on one of these promos, there is still a way to get your own, even if it's not for free. The only downside is that they've really only been available in the US. At least until today.

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Virtual Boy gets an unofficial Google Cardboard reprise

Virtual Boy gets an unofficial Google Cardboard reprise

While the Nintendo 3DS will perhaps be forever remembered as the Nintendo 3D gaming platform, it wasn't the company's first foray into stereoscopic land. That distinction belongs to the Virtual Boy, whose short stint ended in catastrophe. While that torture equipment will remain a blot on Nintendo's history, the games it supposedly supported may yet find salvation in today's new age of virtual reality. That is mostly thanks to some heavy lifting done by Redditor The-King-of-Spain, who has kindly left instructions on how to play Virtual Boy games today via Google Cardboard or even a Samsung Gear VR.

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