Google Brings Immersive VR Content To Apple iPhone 03/30/2016

Google has announced a way for Apple developers to write virtual reality apps for the iPhone. The shift will enable iPhone users to use Google Cardboard to view VR.

Wednesday’snews that Google will release a software developer’s kit (SDK) for iPhones on the company’s Developers Blog will have a major impact on the company’s VR strategy. The no frills Cardboard headset sellsfor about $25, and it turns smartphones running Android into a VR screen. This move allows developers to customize apps for the Apple iPhone. A race car app will allow users to experiencedifferent tracks. A travel app will enable the user to experience a deep-sea dive. Or a real estate app will let the user take a virtual tour of a house, a condominium, or an apartment. A constructionhome builder could design an app that lets the home buyer who’s building a house in the country to see the view from every window in each room within the home.

With the Cardboard viewer, userscan see 360 images or videos or images on their phone or desktop computer. “For native apps, you can embed a VR view by grabbing the latest Cardboard SDKfor Android or iOS and adding a few lines of code,” explains Nathan Martz, Google product manager. “On the Web, embedding a VR view is as simple as adding an iframe on your site.We’re open-sourcing the HTML and JavaScript for web developers on github, so you can self-host and modify it to match your needs.”

Source: Google Brings Immersive VR Content To Apple iPhone 03/30/2016


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