Google is betting big on the virtual reality. The company had made this very clear at its recently I/O conference as it announced Daydream , a new virtual reality platform built right on top of Android N. Now, Google is looking to dive deeper into virtual reality by adding VR support to its Chrome browser. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this yearAlso Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners
The latest information comes days after Chromimum expert Francois Beaufort revealed that Chrome Dev has a VR shell that will enable users to browse the web using Cardboard and Daydream based devices.
“They ve recently added an experimental flag … to enable a browser shell for VR. This allows users to browse the web while using Cardboard or Daydream-ready viewers. The team is just getting started on making the web work well for VR,” Beaufort said in a blog post.
Samsung already offers a browser that is compatible with its Gear VR headset. But Google s native support for VR-ready websites will help expand reach of the virtual reality technology worldwide.
It s notable that Google s VR Shell feature is still in development stage. It is likely to become fully functional when Google rolls out its Daydream platform. And you will need Daydream-compatible devices to experience Chrome s VR websites. Google has big hopes from its Daydream platform, which is successor to the Cardboard platform that launched two years ago. The Daydream platform encompasses both hardware and software, and is deeply integrated into Android N. While Cardboard was compatible with most of the devices, Daydream will work with the devices featuring Android N and above, and a particular set components like sensors and displays.
For smartphones, Google has an Android VR mode that aims to run apps in virtual reality. While Google has already created VR versions of its services like YouTube, Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos, third-party developers like Netflix, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts will also be joining the bandwagon. The company has already tied up with the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and Asus to offer Daydream-ready devices.