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Google Assistant has a Disney-esque musical ride at CES — see for yourself in VR

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

When it comes to massive trade shows like CES, many companies feel the need to get extravagant with booth installations just to stand out from the crowd. Case in point: Google set up a musical, Small World-style ride for Assistant that is the very definition of over-the-top. Thankfully, even those of us who aren't attending the event can give this monstrosity a virtual ride through a 360-degree video posted on YouTube.

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Google Assistant has a Disney-esque musical ride at CES — see for yourself in VR was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Street View Trekker rig goes on a diet, upgrades its cameras

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Google's Street View project is one of the largest collections of 360 panoramas images available for public use. While most images are taken with the easily recognizable Street View cars, for off-road collection a contraption called the Street View Trekker is used. Today, the Street View team is announcing an upgraded Trekker that has shed a few pounds and improved on image quality.

The cameras on the new Trekker have a wider aperture and increased megapixel count.

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Google's Street View Trekker rig goes on a diet, upgrades its cameras was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox’s VR web browser now has 360-degree video playback, bookmarks, and more

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Back in September, Mozilla unveiled a version of Firefox designed for virtual reality headsets, fittingly named 'Firefox Reality.' It was a bit limited at first, but version 1.1 is now available that fixes many of the browser's initial shortcomings.

Here's the full changelog from the Play Store:

* Improved theater mode with 360 video playback support
* Additional localization: Chinese (Mandarin - simplified and traditional), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
* Expanded voice search support to new localized languages above
* Bookmarks
* Automatic search and domain suggestions in URL bar

You can download the Daydream VR version of Firefox Reality from the Play Store below, or from APKMirror.

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Firefox's VR web browser now has 360-degree video playback, bookmarks, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Lenovo Mirage Solo drops to $320-330 ($70-80 off), Mirage Camera down to $250 ($50 off)

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Lenovo was the first company to release a standalone Daydream headset, and we haven't heard much about the Mirage Solo (or the Mirage Camera) since it launched earlier this year. It looks like there's some excess stock floating around because prices are coming down today. You can get the headset for $70-80 off and the camera for $50 off.

The Mirage Solo has an integrated 2560 x 1440 display at 5.5-inches that sits right in front of your face.

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[Deal Alert] Lenovo Mirage Solo drops to $320-330 ($70-80 off), Mirage Camera down to $250 ($50 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Oculus introduces $399 wireless Quest headset, Go gets YouTube VR

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Since the advent of virtual reality hardware, there's been a drive toward wireless. But the dream of an exceptional VR headset that doesn't tangle isn't quite there yet — the performance and graphics quality can't compare to wired systems. Facebook's Oculus seems to believe it has cracked the code, though. At Oculus Connect 5 (OC5), the new all-in-one Oculus Quest headset debuted with the advertising copy: "This is the VR experience everyone's been waiting for." In addition to the new hardware, the VR headset maker announced that its mobile app now supports the Oculus Rift, and that Oculus Go will soon gain access to YouTube VR's full library.

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Oculus introduces $399 wireless Quest headset, Go gets YouTube VR was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Standalone Daydream VR headsets will eventually have improved controllers, see-through mode, and more

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Self-contained headsets that run Google's Daydream VR platform went on sale earlier this year, and Google has continued to improve them since. Chrome for Daydream became available in July, and now the company has revealed what's next for the platform.

First, Daydream will soon support standard Android applications. These apps will appear as a window in 3D space, and you can click your controller pointer to simulate taps. From the blog post, it sounds like app developers will still have to mark their apps as Daydream-ready for users to install them.

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Standalone Daydream VR headsets will eventually have improved controllers, see-through mode, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Slightly Heroes is a difficult-to-control shooter for Daydream VR

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Hatrabbit Entertainment is a game studio based in Stockholm, Sweeden. The company's first mobile title was Merry Snowballs, a winter-themed casual shooter for mobile, Google Cardboard, and Daydream VR. Hatrabbit just released Slightly Heroes, another simple first-person shooter exclusively for Daydream.

In Slightly Heroes, you play as one of several cartoon characters in a 1v1 arena. You can play with people from all around the world, with your friends, or with bots.

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Slightly Heroes is a difficult-to-control shooter for Daydream VR was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox Reality web browser now available for Daydream VR, Oculus Go, and Vive Wave

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Back in July, a standalone version of Chrome finally became available for Daydream VR. You could visit sites or play web-based VR games without ever taking off your headset, and it was the first time standalone Daydream headsets (like the Lenovo Mirage Solo) could access websites. If you're not a fan of Chrome, there's another VR browser you can try - Firefox Reality.

Firefox Reality offers mostly the same experience as Chrome VR.

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Firefox Reality web browser now available for Daydream VR, Oculus Go, and Vive Wave was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung will send Note 9 owners a free adapter to make the phone work with Gear VR headsets

Monday, August 27th, 2018

The Galaxy Note 9 is a big phone—even larger than last year's Note 8. So, it doesn't fit in last year's Gear VR headset (SM-R325N). This has been a theme for Samsung over the last couple cycles, but it's not releasing a new variant of the headset this time. You can use last year's model, but you need an adapter. Samsung will even send that adapter free to Note 9 owners who ask.

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Samsung will send Note 9 owners a free adapter to make the phone work with Gear VR headsets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google partnering with Labster to make Daydream VR laboratories for students

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Labster is a company that develops various virtual labs for schools. The idea is that students can work in simulated environments if a school's real labs are inaccessible (because of time limits, scheduling conflicts, etc), or if they don't have the required equipment. Labster has now partnered with Google to develop over 30 virtual reality labs, using the Daydream VR platform.

"Using Daydream View or the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, students can do things that previously necessitated a physical presence in a lab, like examining organisms under a microscope and sequencing DNA," Google said in the announcement.

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Google partnering with Labster to make Daydream VR laboratories for students was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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