Google has “tens of engineers” hard at work creating a version of Android which will support virtual-reality applications, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources, the Journal reported that the VR-tailored operating system would be free to use, “mimicking a strategy that has made Android by far the most popular operating system for smartphones, powering more than one billion phones.”
Google is reportedly responding to the new wave of VR hardware prototypes and products made by the likes of Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook last year in a $2 billion deal.
At technology shows in the early part of 2015, VR demonstrations have generated tons of buzz, if not oodles of units shipped just yet.
At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Razer unveiled its open-source OSVR platform. Sony has been hard at work on its PlayStation-integrated “Project Morpheus” accessory for two years now—and debuted a second-generation version at the Game Developer Conference in early March. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC and Valve wowed attendees with Vive, a clunky, chunky face accessory that some reviewers are saying provides the most immersive VR gaming experience yet.
Meanwhile, Samsung was first to market with a mainstream, non-beta VR product, making the Gear VR—a $200 headset which requires the company’s Galaxy Note 4 to work—available in December.
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SOURCE: PC Mag, Damon Poeter