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Netflix VR app launched for Google Daydream View headsets

The Netflix VR app is available on Google Play Store. It currently supports only the Google Daydream View VR headset.

Netflix VR app

Adding to the list of apps capable of working with Google s Daydream View, Netflix has now introduced a dedicated app for users who want to watch its popular series in an immersive manner. The Netflix VR app is a standalone application, and is aimed at Android users who own Google s first Daydream VR headset. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play

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The Netflix VR app allows subscribers of the service who own the Google Daydream View headset to watch content in 360-degree immersive form. You can watch all the content which is currently available on Netflix using the Daydream View s virtual interface with the help of the controller. However, if you do not own the $79-priced (Rs 5,200 approximately) Daydream headset , but are a Netflix subscriber, then you might have to wait until the app starts supporting alternative VR headsets. It is expected that in near future, the Netflix VR app will bring in support for Samsung Gear VR and other headsets. The Netflix VR app comes after HBO and Hulu launched VR versions of their apps which support 360-degree immersive viewing of content. HBO announced two apps for Daydream HBO Now and HBO Go. However, these apps do not offer access to any VR content but simply make HBO shows or movies available in a virtual theatre-like setting. Also Read - How to get free Netflix subscription: Just follow these steps

With a strong push into VR, Google recently announced the Daydream View VR headset alongside its Pixel smartphones which run on Android Nougat 7.0. The latest Android software brings VR capabilities to the mobile interface and publishers are gradually offering content that puts the technology to use. Recently, Google s own YouTube app launched a dedicated VR-compatible app. The YouTube VR app allows users to browse YouTube and watch videos in an immersive manner. Unlike the Netflix VR app, the YouTube VR app can be used with any VR-enabled smartphone and the Daydream View headset or such VR-ready headset for immersive content in 3D. The app is merely an enhancer for YouTube content that is to be viewed with the immersive headset. Regular videos which are not VR-ready will be shown in a theatre mode . The app also has built-in spatial audio that offers varied sound experience depending on depth and distance when one is watching the content. The YouTube VR app is further voice-controlled for ease of access. ALSO READ: Technology used in Netflix, Google can help planetary research: Study

Virtual reality, the hottest new trend in technology requires dedicated hardware for content consumption and is different from augmented reality or AR that superimposes content using real locations. Companies like Facebook and Google have been religiously exploring the technology which is expected to transform the way people consume media, from games to entertainment. When launched in October this year, Google had announced a number of games and apps that are optimized for its Daydream platform. In addition to Google s own suite of apps, the company has tied up with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, IMAX, NBA, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to create special apps for the platform. As VR seeps more into the lives of users, we can expect dedicated apps make way into the Play Store to add another dimension to content consumption. ALSO READ: Google launches YouTube VR Android app to help you watch immersive content

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  • Published Date: December 12, 2016 2:09 PM IST



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