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Google is working on a VR-friendly version of Chrome for Android

VR-friendly version of Chrome for Android

It’s a known fact that Google is very keen on bringing the Virtual Reality to its users and the announcements made in I/O conference confirm it. The tech giant had taken a significant step in the process of its bigger plans. Reports say that the latest Beta and Dev versions of Chrome for Android were included with exciting features.

The Chrome beta and dev versions of Android are coming with an option to turn anything into VR. These new updates in Chrome for Android have a unique option to activate WebVR, which is an experimental open source JavaScript API for turning anything in a browser VR-ready. It means allowing users experience the immersive browsing experience by giving a 360-degree view.

A new feature called “VR Shell“was included in the dev version, which allows mobile headsets to browse any Internet site regardless of whether it uses WebVR. But to use any of these users would require a VR headset like Google Cardboard or Oculus.

HULU to support Oculus Rift through its VR application

Although the VR Shell option can’t be said as fully functional at this moment. It would be cent percent useful only after the release of Daydream. It is the next edition of Google ‘cardboard which is coming with optimisations and advancements in both hardware and software.

 As per the announcement made by Google at I/O event the Daydream has a whole new ecosystem similar to the Oculus Home. It enables users the option of accessing VR versions of Native apps and third party applications following Google Standards.

Google WebVR developer Josh Carpenter says that “Today I can view a WebVR scene on an iOS, even if Mobile Safari doesn’t support WebVR API, thanks to a polyfill + device accelerometers, which is awesome. The web’s got reach,” he explained. “What the WebVR API gives us on top of that is much richer ecosystem support, things like link traversal between WebVR experiences without dropping out of VR mode, and more.”

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Electronics Company Samsung had already developed its browser for its Gear VR, which only works on its handsets. This initiation by Google can broaden the range of this service for a larger extent. The company is also working on its earlier promise of having a dedicated VR section on Google Play and on providing Chrome support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on the desktop.

Internet Uproar made Oculus to Reverse its Decision of DRM

Oculus to Reverse its Decision of DRM

Oculus had finally reversed its earlier made decision of DRM in its devices. It’s a result of massive opposition from online users to its decision of blocking HTC Vive owners from buying and playing exclusive Rift games.

 The reversal puts an end to the controversy which is raised after the launch of Rift VR headset back in April. Oculus silently updated its particular runtime of its hardware on Friday without mentioning about it and also deleted every part of that controversial DRM.

The idea of DRM was intended to protect Oculus’ exclusive games like Chronos and Edge of Nowhere. But it has turned facing criticism from the internet audience and later transformed into a controversy.

HULU to support Oculus Rift through its VR application

The controversial change made Revive update instructions for bypassing the copy protection made by Oculus. This made a new way to breach the privacy which hadn’t existed before. After the E3 event, the relationship of Oculus with other parts of the VR community even declined because of the change in the former Vive title to Oculus Touch game.

 It is an undeniable fact that it had made substantive mature games that are rich in quality when compared to the relatively under-developed Vive Game library.

Since the cost of Rift is too high and doesn’t include any motion controllers has lost its charm when compared to Vive. This can be changed since Oculus touch controllers would be released by the end of this year. This might bring back the goodwill and some earnings to the firm which is facing a series of setbacks in the recent days.

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Developer’s team of Oculus stated that “We continually revise our entitlement and anti-piracy systems, and in the June update we’ve removed the check for Rift hardware from the benefit check. We won’t use hardware tests as part of DRM on PC in the future.”

They added, “We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we’ll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content.”

This whole scenario has proved the power of Internet which can make anything possible just by opposing. One had to appreciate Oculus for accepting its mistake and reversing its decision basing on user’s Feedback.

Google’s “#Prideforeveryone” Campaign brings Pride Parades to your Place

Prideforeveryone

Google has recently started a new campaign called #prideforeveryone, which is meant for bringing Pride parades across the world to a VR headset at your place. Pride parades are the celebrating events of LGBT community, i.e., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender culture and pride.

The main theme of this campaign is to make people feel their presence at the event without actually being there. Many people around the world can’t attend those events due to several reasons like lack of time, distant from the hosting place, fear of being differentiated by friends and family or due to anti-LGBTQ laws in their country.

According to Google, over 70 countries around the world, still outlaw were gay, so the participation of people is a tough task for them. This Project allows people to watch the parades relating to LGBT community happening in 25 countries around the world via YouTube 360 and Google Cardboard in Smartphones.

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Google is going to document these global Pride parades using 360° cameras by working with LGBTQ communities to invite those who cannot march in person to celebrate Pride in a new way by using Virtual reality. The tech company appointed their employees to 25 countries for capturing the festivals of their local LGBTQ communities using a 360-degree camera.

According to a Research in 2013 only half of the 1,197 adults LGBTQ individuals have attended to these types of events at least once

Arjan Dijk, Google’s VP of growth marketing stated  that what they were “aiming to do is bring [Pride’s] sense of excitement and this sense of community to people who normally would not be able to get to do that.”

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He also added that “after the tragedy in the city of Orlando, the message the company is trying to impart — that people should be proud of who they are and who they love — “is even more relevant.”

Google also says that “#prideforeveryone’s VR component has the potential for greater immersion than just broadcasting events and that feeling of participation is core to the Pride parade experience.”

#Prideforeveryone, a montage (technique of producing a) of pride from Belgium to Brazil, Sao Paolo to Sydney, you can be a part of these proud celebrations of diversity no matter where you are.Magic of technology has made it possible for us to not only be in two (or more) places at once, but to do so.

Facebook Emojis Reactions Now Shows Up In 360-Degree Virtual Reality Videos

Facebook Emojis Reactions

Facebook owned Oculus in the year 2014 and since then it started working with the ways to combine their connected network of global users intimately with the world of Virtual Reality.  Later in the month of November Facebook has announced that 360-degree video playback would be supported for the Samsung Gear VR. And then Facebook’s Oculus in the month of March announced that it allows you to like and share your favorite Facebook 360 videos within the Gear VR.

Finally on Wednesday, Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled the 360-degree emoji reactions for the Gear VR headset. To enjoy this latest update all you need to do is, update your Oculus Video app on Samsung Gear VR and make sure it is connected to your Facebook account.

 Now, this update allows you to react to the Facebook videos using a Samsung VR goggles. You can choose among the standard set of reactions such as “Like” or “one of the five new emoji reactions” (Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry). Well, to make it more social, this update you will be able to see reactions of the other VR viewers may your friends’ reactions, floating on the screen while you are watching a 360-degree video.

HULU to support Oculus Rift through its VR application

The company has originally advertised this feature earlier in the month of March. One of the spokespersons of Oculus says that the Gear VR users new will also be available to use new emoji reactions for 360 Photos, which the company began supporting earlier this month and plans roll out the feature in the coming weeks.

Well, with this update it is clear that Facebook is gradually working on VR features which are like pillars of the Facebook community. The giant has always said that the both VR and Oculus are crucial segments. So, we can expect more future integrations between Facebook social network and Oculus.

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According to CNET, a consulting firm Analysis Group in February estimated that the revenue generated globally from virtual reality and augmented reality will count between $2.8 billion and $126 billion by 2020.

HULU to support Oculus Rift through its VR application

HULU to support Oculus Rift

One of the best and high-end VR headsets Oculus Rift was out on the market many months ago but still lagging in the conspicuous video content. This drawback made the Facebook’s VR headset behind the Samsung Gear VR devices. Anyhow this limitation is now narrowed by the leading online video streaming website HULU.

The Online video streaming service has launched its Gear VR application in March, and it has updated the application by enabling its support for the high-end Oculus Rift device.

The announcement is made via the Hulu VR application which was already launched earlier this year for Samsung Gear VR devices.

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Hulu also stated that the app will be better regarding functioning and content, thanks to the superior hardware afforded by the Rift and PC for enabling a “polished, sharper and highly responsive viewing experience.”

The VR application includes over 30 original programs of Virtual Reality, which can be accessed with or without a subscription. They were also planning to stream VR concert performances by collaborating with others.

The American company also expressed they would be soon rolling out more content and expand its support for Multiple devices. The company also expressed they would be soon rolling out more content and expand its support for Multiple devices.

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Users can also view the entire 2D library of Hulu in an immersive 3D environment. The video streaming service is also introducing a new themed show space for fans of “12 Monkeys” series along with its launch on Oculus Rift.