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Feel The Reality With Live 360-degree Videos YouTube

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Online Video Giant, YouTube adds another feather to its cap.After launching the technology which supports 360-degree video in March 2015. They are now adding a new feature that enables the live streaming of 360-degree videos & Spatial Audio.

Spatial Audio is playing the sound or audio as in real life. The aspects like depth, distance and intensity will also play a significant role. It is a significant advancement moving towards the reality in the field of video broadcasting.

More people are getting attracted to Virtual Reality videos due to the advancements in the technology. The live streams would be at 1440 pixels at 60 frames per second would have more pixel quality than a standard HD video of 1080pixels.

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The rolling out of the latest feature allows the user to feel at the event. It experiences all the viewers the front row experience without missing a single glance.

At the user’s perspective, nothing extra is needed to enjoy the feature, and people who would watch these live 360-degree videos on their VR headsets and mobiles (Android device or iPhone) will feel the live experience well.

These releases are welly timed to eventuate the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas which would be a stage for the exhibition of Virtual Reality products of companies like GoPro, Adobe and Sky Italia.

iPhone Users can Now Enjoy YouTube VR Videos with Google Cardboard

To develop this 360-degree live videos the YouTube started working with camera and software developers like Allie, Vahana VR, and Video Stitch & Orahi 4i. In addition to these features YouTube also started a Live API service. It encourages all the camera manufacturers to utilize & adopt to send the streaming videos to the service.

The launching of these features would attract some viewers irrespective of their age to YouTube. In a span of one year, the Viewership is doubled in the case of mobile users. YouTube also investing more in the developments of these features as there are many VR enthusiasts across the globe.

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The new feature will be available for all the viewers, but a high-profile example of the live video of the Coachella Valley music and arts festival at California will be telecasted

Major Announcements Made in Google I/O 2016

Google I/O 2016 events

Google I/O 2016, a three day event which is full of demos, teasers and announcements completed successfully. The Search Engine Company announced various products which they have been working on for days.

Although exact availability of those products was not known, expectation is that they may roll out by the end of the year. Here are some of the Interesting announcements made by Google in the mega event.

  1. Daydream-Google’s new VR platform

Google had announced Daydream which is a mobile Virtual Reality Platform designed for future. It is very much like the Android for Virtual Reality. VR Mode is the main unit of the software inside Android N. It will be creating an eco-system having a home screen featured with Android apps. Presently Google made a particular VR version using its Apps like Play Store, Google photos and YouTube.

Major companies such as The New York Times, HBO, Netflix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts started developing their Daydream as well. The Main limitation of Daydream seems to be that it can’t work on the existing phones instead work only on new smartphone model having special screens and sensors. Google stated that the new mobiles which support Daydream would be available by fall and also be planning to release reference designs for other mobile manufacturers like HTC, Huawei, Samsung and LG.

  1. Prototype of VR headset

Google had shown their reference design for a smartphone powered VR headset. The design resembles a smaller cordless Oculus Rift in looks and has a motion controller with a touchpad. The search Engine Company is using the same approach for VR which they used in the case of Android.

It seems like the VR headset would be designed by keeping their VR Platform Daydream in mind. It would be comparatively cheaper and affordable than the existing VR devices.

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  1. Google’s new messaging app
  • Allo – A Instant social messaging application

Google is all set to launch another new instant messaging application paired with Artificial Intelligence. The chat application is named as which works only on mobiles. To use the app, a sign up with phone number is necessary and it has the option of connecting it to one’s Google account. It is featured with all traditional messaging features like emojis, custom stickers.

The unique features of Allo include a special Virtual Assistant which can generate Auto replies and provide users the information they need. The font size of the messages can be increased/decreased upon user’s choice. Allo also had the features like incognito mode, encrypting messages end-to-end which increases the privacy and security for the user’s data.

  • Duo – A Video Chat Application

It seems like Google is following the footsteps of another Tech giant Apple in the case of Chat applications. Allo and Duo are similar to Apple’s I message and Facetime. Duo is strictly video chatting Application, which is very simple to use.

The Application works only for mobile and the signup process is similar to Allo. One of the most distinguishing features of Duo is that it can show the previews of you to whom you are calling. This unique feature of the Application is called ‘Knock Knock’. Duo will be available for both Android and IOS users by this summer.

  1. Google Home

Google had announced its new home assistant called Google Home, a small device with inbuilt microphones having the ability of continuous listening. The main functionality of the home assistant is to respond to the queries and execute commands.

It relies on the Google Assistant technology for the functioning and operations. It can be said as the nearest Rival of Amazon’s Echo.

Home is built basing on the standards of Chrome cast, which enables the media transfer to other compatible speakers and screens. It can change temperature or lighting through Nest devices, and can be integrated with services like Spotify.

Presently Home is still in the developing stage and the company didn’t opened its API to developers yet, so no other information is known about it and official information will be out as the platform develops.


  1. Google’s New Smarter Chat Assistant

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO started the proceedings of the I/O Event by demonstrating next generation Google Assistant.

It would be more like a Chatting Application rather than the present search-based Assistant Google Now. He staged the assistant’s ability to understand the context by asking questions like what movies were playing tonight, Saying that he wanted to bring the kids, and then buying tickets, all within the app. It gives the same feeling of speaking to a human.

 The standalone version which is integrated with Artificial Intelligence that’s coming to both Home and Allo. He also added that “they see the future of computing as an ambient experience that extends beyond devices.”

  1. Android N

 We got our first look at Android N’s developer version preview in March. It will be featuring with a new split-screen option, multitasking, quick settings buttons, and a set of new emojis. Direct reply for bundled notifications is enabled.

Google released a newer beta version and showed even more of the new operating system. These new features have more control over the sizes of the notifications coming from different apps.

It also showed off a new picture-in-picture mode. The battery optimizations in Android N would make it a better platform for gaming.

Developers can directly access and control phone’s GPU for sharper 3D graphics using a new API called Vulkan. However, the search engine giant had declined to reveal the name of their new OS.

  1. Android Wear 2.0

Google also announced the biggest advancement to Android Wear till date. The first version was released way back in 2014. Android Wear 2.0 was similar to its earlier version but having a few changes which would change the way one experience it.

One of the updates is that users can now make data from any app show up on any watch which is quite similar to how complications work on the Apple Watch.

Another important updated feature of the new version makes your smartwatch autonomous by relying less on mobile connections. This feature comforts users by lessening the carrying the cell phones all around. The other major updates include a swipeable QWERTY keyboard, Auto exercise recognition and synchronisations using a third party application.

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  1. Google Auto

Google along with major announcements also made some slow-but-steady updations for drivers. One of such major improvement is including the big traffic tracking application Waze directly into the Android Auto, which enables drivers to notice speed traps. Reduction of accidents can be made by following the alerts in real time. The wired USB connection which is required for connecting cars over Wi-Fi is replaced by a new Auto Scan option.

After upgrading to the newer Android N more new back-end features would be updated this will make life easier for automakers to create their own unique flavours of N. This latest version of Auto can work on the cars which doesn’t support the system. The new side of the app is designed in a way that it can be used itself on the phone.

  1. Instant Applications

Many of the users install an app but soon uninstall them due to poor performance or irrelevant content. Google now brought a new option for users who are not willing to download an app for one-time usage.

Naming as the Google’s Instant Apps allows users to access an app straight from the browser without prior installation. The search engine company demoed it at the mega event where it was able to find a camera, access a B&H instant app, and make a purchase in just three taps.

This new announcement received a mixed response since developers may have to work very hard for getting more number of downloads and from the user perspective it will be very beneficial because it may save data and storage capacity of the device.

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Watch Google I/O 2016 Keynote Live on YouTube in Virtual Reality

google I/O 2016

VR (Virtual Reality) is becoming big in these days. Google organises their I/O 2016 event on YouTube. For the change, they are allowing the users to stream the event in Virtual Reality. Many large companies are trying to take an advantage of the VR as much as possible.

The I/O Keynote 2016 will be live for two hours and the CEO Sundar Pichai and his team will present the details about the company. We can expect the news about the future of Android and Chrome OS as well as the Virtual Reality and second generation of the Google Glass.


Timings of the Event:

The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai will make a 15-minute walk from Mountain View, California, headquarters of Google to Shoreline Amphitheatre by 10.00 AM.  The start time of the event across the globe are given below.

  • Honolulu: 7 a.m. HST
  • San Francisco: 10 a.m. PDT
  • Denver: 11 a.m. MDT
  • Chicago: noon CDT
  • New York 1 p.m. EDT
  • London: 6 p.m.
  • Paris: 7 p.m.
  • Amsterdam: 7 p.m.
  • Moscow: 8 p.m.
  • Mumbai: 10:30 p.m.
  • Beijing: 1 a.m. (Thursday)
  • Seoul: 2 a.m. (Thursday)
  • Sydney: 3 a.m. (Thursday)

The users who are having the VR headsets like Oculus, Gear VR or Google’s Card Board can enjoy the event in the Virtual Reality. In this event, Google might have a word regarding the future of the Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality (AR), Android N, Chrome Operating system and on other aspects. Rumours are spreading about the release of the Google’s own VR Headset in this event. From the recent details from the Android console developers, Android VR is confirmed and the details might be exposed. Take a glance at the I/O 2016 Schedule.

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You can stream the live event from the given link

iPhone Users can Now Enjoy YouTube VR Videos with Google Cardboard

youtube vr videos for iOS

YouTube app for iOS received VR update which allows iPhone users to enjoy YouTube’s VR Videos with Google Cardboard and any other Virtual reality headsets. Users can view these VR Videos by downloading the latest version of the YouTube app from the App store and they can also watch 360 degree videos with just a click on the cardboard icon in the video.

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Android users received full support for cardboard in November, 2015. And now after a long wait iOS users are finally allowed to completely make use of the Goggle cardboard.  Apple in the recent past said that it is working on its own VR technology and it has reportedly placed a team of VR and AR experts. The first Apple VR headset was the Mattel View-Master Virtual Reality Starter pack, priced at $29.95 and it was found in Apple stores back in the month of February.

Steps to activate the cardboard mode for an alluring experience of 360 degree videos:

  • Download the latest Version v11.18 YouTube app for iOS
  • Open the App and start playing a video of your choice.
  • If it’s a normal video, click on the “more” icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the Cardboard icon and insert the compatible device iPhone to the Google VR headset or any other VR headset.

Now, you can enjoy the videos in the cardboard mode for an immersive 360⁰ experience.

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Rumors continue on Google launching a new Android VR platform later in this week. So with this update for iOS, it is clear that the cardboard platform continues as the company’s mobile VR device.

Well, the latest YouTube app version v11.18 for iOS is version weighs 52.7 MB. The very important point over here is users should keep in mind that this update does not magically turn the regular YouTube videos into 360 degree videos in the cardboard mode. Users can experience great 360 degree videos with cardboard mode than in the “magic window” mode.

Unofficial Emulator brings Nintendo’s Virtual Boy Games to Google Cardboard

virtual boy

The badly failed Nintendo’s virtual boy was first introduced in 1995 and it is the first largely produced VR headset in 90’s. The device was badly flopped and the company was forced to close the production due to zero sales.

The first released device’s major issues made the owners shut down the production are the motion sickness issues, the headset’s all red color palette and its flat selection of games. The virtual Boy was a great loss for Nintendo.

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Few old Virtual Boy titles which were pretty good are now modified by the unofficial emulator. It is with the advanced VR technology, a Reddit user who calls himself “The-King-of-Spain” brings back the games to Google cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR which are originally designed to run on the heavy old VR headsets.

The king of Spain explains, to get the game up and running all you need is a compatible Android smartphone, superior RetroArch emulator (all other necessary virtual Boy ROMs) and cardboard compatible VR headset. Now, you need to tweak the emulator’s settings to enjoy the games.

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“After about 30 minutes of play time, I’m not experiencing any of the Virtual Boy’s trademark motion sickness,” writes The-King-of-Spain. “There’s also something to be said for playing the games in grayscale instead of the headache-inducing red. It’s pretty cool to see Virtual Boy games in their full stereoscopic glory, but the added depth doesn’t seem to add much value gameplay-wise.”

Earlier this year, Nintendo said that it was researching VR Technology once again  but it has not confirmed launch of any new products or plans. Well, after 20 years of the great fall, this is a wonderful move. We would never have had the chance to play these old classic games, if they were not ported out to new platforms.  Thanks to the RetroArch emulator.