WEB WRANGLER Google has reportedly consigned plans for a virtual reality (VR) headset to the dustbin of history and will instead concentrate on mobile VR.
There is sense in this. Anyone entering the VR headset market now is facing off against Oculus, which is possibly the biggest name in the market and has Zuckerbergian backing through Facebook, and Sony, which is well known for producing hardware that consumers embrace.
Of course, there is also the fact that Google has Cardboard, which is a sort of cheap version of an Oculus Rift that needs only a mobile phone and a few folds to take people into the virtual world.
Google has declined to comment on the reported move. But Recode reported that, while Google bought and boosted a company called Daydream for VR purposes, the firm has now roused itself and has only a vivid memory of those plans.
Daydream was announced during Google's I/O keynote in May and is a VR platform built on top of Android N that the firm claimed will offer higher frame rates, lower latency and better motion quality and processing compared with the firm's current Cardboard offering.
Google explained that the new platform will enable handset makers and developers to take advantage of a unified set of specifications and APIs to easily make VR applications, smartphones and headsets.
Huawei announced in June that it was working on handsets to support the Daydream VR feature, although the company admitted that this was future technology and not an immediate plan.
"We want to be the number one smartphone maker in the world. It's a long distance race, and we have the patience," said Huawei's director of consumer electronics, Richard Yu.
"Our growth is mainly coming from the high-end, premium segment. If you want to be the leading vendor, you have to lead in the high end."
While Daydream persists, Recode said that Google has cancelled plans to create its own VR headset as it does not want to compete with Facebook, Samsung, HTC and others. µ
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