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. Google wasted no time at this years Google I/O Developer Conference , diving head first into some truly jaw dropping projects that are making their way to our devices. 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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Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR. All games on the PlayStation Store have an identifier code which is listed in the game’s URL. The post Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon appeared first on Road to VR.

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The best Google Chrome games for 2020

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Still Use Google Daydream? Don’t Get Android 11

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If, by some chance, you’re still using the Google Daydream VR platform, you won’t want to update your phone to Android 11. “The Daydream VR app is no longer supported by Google and may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later,” the page reads.

Nintendo Crafts AR Experience via Google Lens for Pokémon Sword & Shield Game Packaging

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Pokémon, Google, and augmented reality go together like wasabi, soy, and ginger, and the trio has come together again for the release of the latest game from the Pokémon universe. As Nintendo released the eagerly-anticipated games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Switch on Friday, gamers in Japan received an augmented reality bonus via Google Lens.

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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. Several ‘location-based’ AR games using Google Maps APIs and ARCore are coming to mobile devices this year. Google is now offering an easier route, where even small teams can leverage vast, rich geodata through Google Maps APIs.

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Google Stadia vs. xCloud

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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. Google Earth VR is a stunning VR experience which we called “ a breathtaking new way to know our planet ,” back when it launched in late 2016.

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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. What we weren’t expecting to see was putt-putt golf in Google Earth VR or a few other inspiring demos that show us what’s possible with the immersive technology in the near term.

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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. That’s right, the massively popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game created by Riot Games is getting an AR treatment. Image Credit: Google/Grab Games.

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‘Pokemon Go’ May Soon Support Google Cardboard

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

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Google is going to buy North. A report says tha t Alphabet, the company behind Google, is in the last stages of the acquisition of North, the Canadian startup that makes the Focals smartglasses. With rumors of upcoming Apple glasses surging, and the investment made in Magic Leap that until now has been unfruitful, for sure Google is looking for an alternative to build its AR strategy. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore. Image by Beat Games).

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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. The new headsets begin shipping October 17th; the game bundle will remain available until December 31st, and must be redeemed by January 15th 2018.

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VR Tool Built With Google Poly Turns Words Into Matching 3D Objects

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A VR developer posted footage of a proof-of-concept mechanic that allows users to spell out any word and see it visualized as a Google Poly asset in real time. The implementation looks robust enough that it might be usable both as a game mechanic or for building worlds in virtual reality. Using Google Poly to source assets at runtime. VR #gamedev #indiedev #Oculus #Google #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/umtOiJGxMg.

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Google Develops Real-Time Finger Tracking Algorithm For Mobile Chips

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Google released an open source algorithm which performs real-time 21-point finger tracking on mobile hardware. The system is part of Google’s MediaPipe, a modular framework for machine learning based solutions such as face detection, object detection, and hair segmentation. They’re also very suited for gaming. Unfortunately, Google’s blog post doesn’t mention the quality and latency of the current implementation. Google finger tracking 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. Google opened up its treasure trove of 360 Street View captures to developers late last year, although there was a proviso for developing apps and games with the data: it had to be free. 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 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. . It’s not exactly an immersion-breaker per-say, but it’s definitely a noticeable limitation while in-game. Along with this new hardware comes a brand new headset function Google refers to as “See-Through Mode.” Image Credit: Google AR & VR.

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Apple says cloud gaming apps like Google Stadia violate iOS app store rules

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

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While there wasn’t much news on the VR front from Google at today’s New York hardware event except from learning that the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are compatible with Daydream View VR headsets, Google did introduce a new slate augmented reality (AR) stickers that will have you taking selfies with Iron Man. So you want step up your selfie game? One example Google showed off is being able to stand next to characters you love, like Iron Man himself.

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Epic Games is suing Google for monopolistic and anti-competitive practices

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Google: The ‘Pokemon GO’ Server Issues Were Unavoidable

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What you need to know about Epic Games’ feud with Apple (and Google)

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Epic Games, developer of Fortnite, is feuding with Apple and Google. Gaming News Apple Epic Games Fortnite GoogleIt's a sticky situation involving app store revenue cuts and antitrust law.

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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. We’re hoping that Google offers better options in the near future but, until then, we’ve come up with the six best games on the platform you can download right now. 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 Tilt Brush Heads To The Oculus Quest This Spring

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Facebook confirmed earlier today that Google’s immensely popular room-scale VR painting experience, Tilt Brush, is coming to the Oculus Quest headset this Spring. According to Google’s Product Manager Elisabeth Morant, the act of porting the application—released originally for SteamVR and the Oculus Rift—came down to simple performance improvements that were achieved using a series of basic, but effective techniques. Image Credit: Google Inc.

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Google Kills Movie Rental And Purchasing On Daydream VR

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Google has removed Google Play Movies & TV from its Daydream VR platform. Play Movies & TV is Google’s portal for renting and purchasing movies and shows. Before this month it was also available on Daydream, Google’s VR platform for high-end Android smartphones and Lenovo’s standalone headset. This news comes as part of a trend of Google winding down investment in the Daydream platform.

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Google Responds to ‘Earth VR’s’ Absence on Oculus Rift

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Yesterday, Google shook up the virtual reality scene by both announcing and releasing a brand new immersive experience: Google Earth VR. For some VR fans, this was a shock since a number of VR games support Oculus Touch and the Rift through Steam. UploadVR reached out to Google to ask why this strategy was implemented. Google’s apparent strategy with Earth VR ‘s exclusivity mirrors the general thought line we’ve seen from other developers.

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Animating VR Characters in Google Blocks

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Last month, Google launched their Blocks VR creation tool , enabling anyone to 3D model low polygon objects with no prior modeling experience required. Aside from being able to use the objects or characters that you create for other applications, like bringing them into Unity and using them for VR games, we’ve been wondering if we’ll one day also get the chance use Blocks for 3D animation. Now Google’s Daydream Labs is giving us a glimpse into just that.

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What Does Epic Games Hope to Gain From Its Lawsuit Against Apple and Google?

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In what could possibly be described as a brilliant antitrust set-up , Epic Games is suing Apple and Google for removing its Fortnite game from the iOS App Store and Google Play store, respectively. shots fired epic games apple google antitrust

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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. Usually there’s a custom image, some animation, maybe even a hidden game or two. Image Credit: Google Spotlight Stories.

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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. Built by Rachel Park Goto and Jane Friedhoff with friends at Google Creative Lab using Unity and ARCore. Keep an eye on Google’s AR Experiments page for more in the coming weeks.

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Google’s VR Headset Is Daydream View

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Following the reveal of the Daydream mobile VR ecosystem earlier in the year, Google has finally revealed the first headset to support it, Daydream View. The new device was revealed at the Made By Google conference in San Francisco today. That includes the two new smartphones Google itself revealed at the event – Pixel and the larger Pixel XL for $649. Google claims it’s 30% lighter than similar headsets (read: Gear VR).

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Google’s Daydream View VR Headset Has Arrived

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Unveiled at a press event last month, Google’s Daydream View headset is now on sale from retailers like Best Buy, Verizon, and Google’s own store. Powered by the Google Pixel phone (the first Daydream ready phone), Daydream View is the tech giant’s solution to bringing VR to mass consumers with a more comfortable and simple mobile VR system — all for the price of $79. Once you’ve download Google Daydream to your device, it’s an entirely painless experience to get started.

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Google Announces New Daydream View & Pixel 2

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Last year Google showed us their commitment to VR, unveiling a Daydream View VR headset , Daydream platform, and Pixel phone. Now exactly a year later, Google is back again with VR updates and an additional focus on augmented reality (AR). During a press event Tuesday, Google announced the Pixel 2 phone and a new Daydream View VR headset. According to Google, the Daydream View now sports high performance lenses, which result in better image clarity and a wider field of view.

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Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

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Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Over the past month, we’ve heard from multiple sources familiar with the matter that Google was in the final stages of negotiating a deal with HTC and that it was “imminent.”. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP).

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Hands On With Google’s Daydream View VR Headset

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We’re live from Google’s Pixel phone media event, where we got hand’s on with the company’s new Daydream View VR headset. Powered by the Google Pixel phone (the first Daydream ready phone), Daydream View is the tech giant’s solution to bringing VR to mass consumers with a more comfortable and simple mobile VR system — all for the price of $79. Much like the Google Cardboard and Gear VR, Daydream View is powered by your phone (in this case a Google Pixel phone).

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Google Unveils $79 Daydream VR Headset

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During a press event on Tuesday, Google finally revealed their Daydream View VR headset, a lightweight VR headset that will be compatible with Daydream Ready phones. The Daydream View headset was announced along with Google’s new Pixel phone in San Francisco, which is the first phone to be Daydream Ready. Google also showed off their controller that can be used as an input device while in VR. The post Google Unveils $79 Daydream VR Headset appeared first on VRScout.

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The best Google Stadia games to play right now

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Stadia trades quantity for quality with a small library of great games. Buying Guides Gaming Assassin's Creed Odyssey Destiny 2 Entertainment in containment Google google stadiaFrom Trials to RDR2, here are the best.