Launched in June 2016, the Google Expeditions app that works in sync with the Cardboard VR, was the company s effort to allow users to explore places thousand of miles away from them, without leaving their desk. Mostly target for educational and tourism purposes, the app and the VR headset together offer a truly immersive 360-degree experience. And now, building on that experience Google is making its Expeditions virtual field trip app a lot more accessible by adding a solo mode to Expeditions for Android. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Google Expeditions makes it possible for teachers to take their classrooms on virtual reality field trips to amazing places like the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu. Today, we re starting to roll out a new solo mode of Expeditions for Android, so that anybody can explore more than 600 different tours on their own. Just download the Expeditions app (coming soon for iOS), drop your phone into Cardboard and get ready for an adventure, Google writes in a blog. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
For the past two years, Expeditions has been a tool to extend learning inside the classroom, helping students to see and experience the world in new ways, visit college campuses, gain exposure to new career paths and role models, and learn about various social impact initiatives happening around the globe. During this time, we’ve heard from students, teachers, and even our friends, that they’d love to explore and learn from Expeditions outside the classroom. ALSO READ: Google announces Search Trends on summer travel in India
Essentially, students can now go on tours at home and share the experience with their family. Self-Guided Expeditions let anyone explore anywhere. Teachers can assign tours as homework to complement in-class work. And of course, anybody who loves to learn and explore can experience all the tours for themselves.
Additionally, for the purpose of teachers who want more tools to help explain and highlight things within Expeditions panoramas and environments, Google has introduced a new Annotations tool, which lets a Guide draw within a scene using their finger or a stylus. Each of the connected Explorers will instantly see that same annotation in the scene.
Besides the Cardboard VR, the app also works with Google’s Daydream View VR headset, as long as you have a Daydream-ready phone. When you fire up the app, you can now take tours as an Explorer or Guide. ALSO READ: Google Search app updated with shortcuts for Android, iOS, mobile web platforms