Google Opens ‘Maps’ API So Devs Can Create ‘Pokémon Go’-style Games

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During the Google Developer Day presentation at GDC 2018, Product Manager Clementine Jacoby and Engineering Lead Patrick Donelan at Google Maps presented the team’s progress in bringing their technology and data to game developers. Image courtesy Google.

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VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are

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Go Guess (2018) is a new interactive VR quiz game from developers Oblix that tosses you into Google 360 captures and makes you to guess where you are. The post VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Offering $40 Game Bundle With New Daydream View Headset

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From now until the end of 2017, Google is offering a game bundle worth $40 with every Daydream View purchase, which includes some of the platform’s best titles. Google’s updated VR headset was announced this week alongside their Pixel 2 smartphones, and begins to ship on October 17th.

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Niantic Conjures Preview of Harry Potter Augmented Reality Game, Opens Pre-Registration on Google Play

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While a release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has not yet materialized, co-developers Niantic and WB Games have finally released gameplay footage and an in-depth game description to whet the appetites of eager Harry Potter fans.

Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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4 Interesting New ARCore Apps Hitting Google Play Store

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ARCore, Google’s augmented reality software development kit for Android devices, was recently made available on 13 flagship smartphones – giving over 100 million devices, the company says, the ability to run AR apps. Google’s ‘Just a Line’ Art App.

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5 Google ARCore Experiments That Inject Magic into Everyday Life

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Google released a preview version of ARCore for Android yesterday, the company’s answer to Apple’s ARKit. Built by George Michael Brower with friends at Google Creative Lab. Built by Jane Friedhoff with friends at Google Creative Lab using Unity and ARCore.

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Google Acquires Owlchemy Labs, VR Game Studio Behind ‘Rick and Morty VR’, ‘Job Simulator’

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In an interesting move, Google has acquired Owlchemy Labs , makers of the multi-platform hits Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017). As far as VR game studios go, Owlchemy Labs is not only one of the most senior, but one of the most successful out of the gate.

Google Brings Native ‘Tango’ AR Support to Unity

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Google has announced that its augmented reality platform Tango will be getting native integrated support for Unity later this year. Google’s Nathan Martz, Photo Courtesy Unity. SEE ALSO Asus 'ZenFone AR' Google Tango, Daydream VR Phone Launched, Specs Revealed.

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Hack Makes ‘Google Earth VR’ Compatible With Rift and Touch

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Google Earth VR was launched this week to great excitement, except to Rift users who found out that the game wouldn’t work with their headset. Little more than a day later, a hack surfaced that adds compatibility for the Rift, Touch, and even Razer Hydra to Google Earth VR.

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Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch

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Google started its virtual reality initiatives early but slowly, announcing the now widely known Cardboard program way back in 2014. Google announced the Daydream initiative earlier this year at their annual I/O conference. Google News VR Jobs google google daydream google vrg

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Google Opens Daydream App Submission to All and Publishes VR App “Quality Requirements”

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Google has put out the welcome mat and unlocked the doors to all developers wishing to develop apps for their Daydream VR platform, but in order to keep the standards high have also issued a “Quality Requirements” guide. Google’s Daydream View Headset and Motion Controller.

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Google Announces ‘Blocks’, a VR App Like ‘Tilt Brush’ for Modeling 3D Objects

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Google wants to make it easier for VR/AR app developers to create 3D objects with its new app revealed today called Blocks, a program designed to let you build assets for the immersive mediums from within the VR headset itself. image courtesy Google. image courtesy Google.

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Google Announces an Indie Games Festival and VR and AR are Invited

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Google Announces 6DoF Controller Devkit, ‘See-Through’ Mode For Daydream

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While not the most comfortable option on the market, its ability to provide immersive, 6DoF experiences minus the need of a beefy gaming PC makes it an attractive option for anyone looking to experience mid range VR on a budget. . Image Credit: Google AR & VR.

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Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

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This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival.

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Google Announces New Tools to Develop High-performance Daydream Apps

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Scaling means getting developers to build VR experience that are not only fun, but highlight optimized, and Google wants to make that as easy as possible. SEE ALSO Google Bringing Native 'Tango' AR Support to Unity Later This Year.

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Google Teases League of Legends AR Experience

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With new updates to Google’s Daydream View headset, the unveiling of Pixel 2, and a preview of AR Stickers that included packs for Stranger Things and Star Wars , Google also teased a slew of new apps and experiences built with ARCore by their partners. Image Credit: Google/Grab Games.

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Until Dawn dev Supermassive Games continues to support VR with new game for Google Daydream

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BAFTA-winning independent British developer Supermassive Games is proud to announce Shattered State, an interactive cinematic thriller for Daydream. With a branching narrative your choices have far-reaching consequences, impacting both the course of events and the outcome of the game.

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Google’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody Experience’ Proves That VR Music Videos Are the Future

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In collaboration with Queen, Google Play’s Bohemian Rhapsody Experience for Cardboard is an impressive example of where VR music videos are heading. You can snatch the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience for free from Google Play.

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Google Rebrands AR Stickers as Playground; Introduces 3D AR Animation

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While Playground may not seem much different from AR stickers, lenses, or filters we’ve seen in the past, Google is clear on the fact that these are in fact all 3D assets, delivered in a smarter way with spatial and object recognition thanks to artificial intelligence.

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Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit

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In an answer to Apple’s recently released ARKit , a developer tool used for making augmented reality apps and games that run on newer iPad and iPhones, Google today released a preview of a new Android-compatible software development kit (SDK) called ARCore.

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GDC 2018 ‘Day 2’ Roundup – ‘Budget Cuts’ Hands-On, Google Maps and ARCore, Squanch Games’ Exclusive, and More

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We go hands-on with Budget Cuts, Google presents ARCore and Maps API-enabled apps, Squanch Games’ Daydream exclusive title announced, and Magic Leap talks about developing games for a spatial computing platform. Google highlights 4 ARCore apps. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Open Sources Seurat, a ‘Surface Light-field’ Rendering Tool for 6DOF Mobile VR

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Google announced Seurat at last year’s I/O developer conference, showing a brief glimpse into the new rendering technology designed to reduce the complexity of ultra high-quality CGI assets so they can run in real-time on mobile processors.

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Google Tests Interactive Learning with VR Espresso Machine, “People learned faster and better in VR”

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The team behind Daydream, Google’s mobile VR platform, is currently conducting experiments with the aim of broadening virtual reality’s usecase to include more interactive learning. image courtesy Google. SEE ALSO This Restaurant is Using Google Daydream to Train Employees.

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Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

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When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites.

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Google to Announce New Dev Tools at GDC 2018, Keynote to Feature AR/VR

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This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) is nearly upon us, and now that talks for the week-long event are published on the GDC website , it appears Google will be taking the stage to introduce a number of new products and tools for game devs.

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Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap

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Today marks the launch of Google’s high-end Android VR platform, Daydream , a major step beyond Cardboard and a serious competitor to Gear VR. At launch, Google is releasing five first-party Daydream apps, with another five coming from third-parties.

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Google ‘Blocks’ Update Matures Tools for Even Easier 3D Modeling in VR

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Google Blocks, the 3D object creation tool for VR/AR app developers, just got a big update that includes new environments, improved object snapping, and a number of experimental features that the company says makes Blocks “more powerful and even easier to use.”

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‘Pokemon Go’ May Soon Support Google Cardboard

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‘Rez Infinite’ is Coming to Google Daydream Later This Year

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With few details, developer Enhance Games has announced that Rez Infinite (2016) will launch on Google Daydream “later this year.” But maybe you don’t happen to own a high-end gaming PC and VR headset, but still want to get your Rez on.

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Top Google Cardboard VR Games

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However, Google Cardboard is cheap and does not require a powerful computer and is easy to set up. Here are some of my favorite Google Cardboard Games. Before you start, install the Google Cardboard App from the app store. End Space VR started on Google Cardboard.

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The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift

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In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store. Before we start, don’t forget that your Rift also works with compatible games purchased through Steam.

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Google Limits Publishing Daydream Apps and Games

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Google Daydream VR platform is set to launch in fall 2016, but only a select group of developers will be able to publish Daydream apps. Google Play store is limiting access until some point in 2017. ” Google Pixel XL phone is manufactured by HTC.

These Are The 6 Best VR Games On Google Daydream Right Now

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Google Daydream has only been out a few weeks, but it’s already built up a pretty respectable line-up of mobile VR games, both new and old. Expect this list to grow in the coming months too as new games come out and developers hone in on what makes Daydream special.

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Google’s ‘Seurat’ Surface Light-field Tech Could Be a Graphical Breakthrough For Mobile VR

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Google has revealed a new ‘surface light-field’ rendering technology that it’s calling ‘Seurat’ (after the famous Pointillism painter). If it all works as Google says though, this could be a breakthrough for graphics on mobile VR devices.

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Google’s Daydream View Headset is Out Nov 10th, Software Line Up Detailed

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As we wrote recently , Google’s first dedicated Daydream VR headset ‘View’ is out on November 10th and Google have now detailed the Daydream platform’s launch window software line up. Google Play Movies. Street View (Google).

This Restaurant is Using Google Daydream to Train Employees

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Created by interactive art studio Klip Collective , the custom VR app features an overview of company culture and employee training, and consists of live action with integrated 2D and 3D animations including an interactive game. 360 film 360 Video Google Daydream Games News VR Training

‘Audio Factory’ is a Compelling Showcase of Google’s Spatial Audio Engine for VR

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Google has released a Daydream VR app called Audio Factory , a polished and even entertaining demonstrating their Spatial Audio Engine for VR. Photo courtesy Google. Photo courtesy Google. The free app is available on the Google Play store.

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Latest Google Doodle Accompanied By 360 VR Experience

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Celebrate the life and genius of French illusionist & film director Georges Méliès in this adorable Google Spotlight Story. If you’ve logged onto the Google homepage at some point today you may have already noticed a particularly interesting Google Doodle posted above the search bar.

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‘Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes’ is Squanch Games’ new Daydream Exclusive

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In partnership with Google, developers Squanch Games have revealed Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes , the first in a series of exclusive games for the Daydream VR platform. Announced today, the game is playable on the GDC show floor at Google’s booth.

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Google Turns Annual Android Partner Walk at MWC into Showcase for ARCore

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Last week at Mobile World Congress 2019, Google put an augmented reality twist on its annual Android Partner Walk via its ARCore toolkit. This year, instead of giving away physical pins, Google challenged attendees with ARCore-compatible devices to use the Android.

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