Google, the giant search engine, has declared that the company has managed to ship more than 10 million Cardboard VR headsets since their launch in 2014. The search giant has also revealed Sky VR app for its Daydream VR platform and three new apps meant for Google’s Tango augmented-reality platform.
Speaking about the VR headset shipments, despite the impressive number overall, it is difficult to estimate the number of individuals who really purchased the product because there were many promotional offers that offered free Google Cardboard VR headsets to the participants over the past three years.
Irrespective of the shipment numbers, the firm also shared the details related to downloads saying that there have been 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps on Google Play. But, 30 of these apps have been downloaded more than 1 million times. The firm also elaborated how the new Daydream platform is promoting the use of VR. “We have developed Daydream to overcome the drawbacks noticed from Cardboard. Daydream is more cozy, interactive, and penetrating; as a result, users are spending more time using it, around 40 minutes per week,” the search giant reported in its blog post.
The company says that video-watching is an utmost category for entertainment on Daydream and YouTube is the leading Daydream app in terms of volume of users and the time duration spent on the app. The recently-announced Sky app displays videos from Sky’s partners including “Star Wars: Red Carpet,” “Anthony Joshua-Becoming World Champion,” and clips from Disney’s “The Jungle Book,” Google said.
Finally, revealing about the apps announced for Tango AR platform – The Sims app allows users to walk around Sims house with the help of their smartphone. The Chelsea Kicker allows users to capture photos with Chelsea football players and test tricks with them as well. The WSJ AR app for Tango helps users to view stock trends.
It will be amazing to watch how the company proceeds ahead to support its mixed-reality platforms and if it comes with another version of headset then it will include advanced hardware also compared to the original version.