As Google prepares to launch their latest conference, Google I/O 2016, the latest rumor to surface is that the company will announce their new phone-less virtual reality headset, tentatively named Android VR. Besides the standalone virtual reality device, which we have seen rumors of in the past, Google is expected to also announce that Android VR simultaneously represents the software and operating system support for virtual reality and that it will be baked in to Android N.
These latest revelations come from Peter Rojas, co-founder of popular technology web sites. According to Rojas, the device that Google has in the works will not be up to the level of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets since it will be limited to the hardware that can fit in the form factor instead of using a smartphone’s hardware. This may make things interesting to see how Android VR may compare since Rojas indicates it provides a “better” experience based on his sources.
If this rumor is correct, this may also represent the first time Google has extended the Android name to a physical device or product. All other uses of Android have been connected to platforms or software like Android Wear or Android Auto that work on hardware with a different name.
Google representatives have indicated in the past that they believe there is huge potential for virtual reality in the future, which is why they are expanding upon their Cardboard offering. That seems to be confirmed by all the sessions that will be available during Google I/O 2016 concerning virtual reality. Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt has even indicated he believes virtual reality is one of six technologies that could change the world.
TalkAndroid will be present at Google I/O 2016 next week, so we hope to get all the details for you about what Google may be working on when it comes to virtual reality.