Google is working on a virtual reality version of Chrome

August 30, 2016


Google adds VR features in Chrome and promises a completely new experience on the web. The latest Android version for developers of mobile Chrome, along with the beta version of the app include support for standard open source WebVR. This is an application programming interface (API) based on JavaScript, designed to create ready-to-virtual reality sites.

In the version for developers is also added support function VR Shell, which in future will allow viewing of any site as virtual reality using VR headset for mobile devices, regardless of whether or not the site maintains WebVR.

Currently the transition from site which support the technology to the regular site is associated with a number of inconveniences – in particular, the user have to remove the VR headset. VR Shell function is called to solve such problems by making each site compatible with VR glasses.

Samsung is also developing an experimental browser for its Gear VR, but the technology in Chrome for Android allows surfing the Internet in a mode of virtual reality for many more people, given the immense popularity of the browser.

VR Shell is not yet fully operational technology. The function will probably be more useful when is release the platform Daydream of Google. It was announced in May at a developer conference Google I/O and is the successor of Google Cardboard, combining different software and hardware options for complete VR experience.

Daydream includes a completely new ecosystem of applications. To work with the platform need Android phone with appropriate specifications and VR headset.

Users will immerse themselves in the virtual reality, using VR versions of applications. Google works well for VR support in Chrome for headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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