Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

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HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. 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.

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Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web

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With Apple’s newly public interest in VR , developers from the company have join the W3C WebVR Community Group to have a say in the development of the WebVR standard. The post Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web appeared first on Road to VR.

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Report: HTC Looking To Sell Smartphone Business To Google

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Recent reports have suggested that HTC is again looking to spin-off or outright sell its VR business, but now a new rumor states that the company could actually be selling its better-known smartphone business off to Google. Chinese publication Commerical Times reports ( via Digitimes ) that HTC is in “the final stage of negotiation” with Google to sell its smartphone business. Google HTC Vive VR Industry News

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The Top 5 Games For HTC Vive

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It was a hard decision, but you’ve decided to go with the HTC Vive as your first ‘serious’ VR headset, a room-scale device that released early 2016 as a result of a decisive collaboration with Valve. The post The Top 5 Games For HTC Vive appeared first on Road to VR.

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‘Lone Echo’ and ‘Echo Arena’ Now Work on HTC Vive with ReVive Hack

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Thanks to ReVive , a free hack which allows Vive users to play games from the Oculus platform, you can now play both Lone Echo and it’s free multiplayer companion game Echo Arena with an HTC Vive.

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HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs. The Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset , the one that the Taiwanese/Chinese company wants to use to start making virtual reality widespread.

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‘Google Earth VR’ Revealed for HTC VIVEGoogle Earth.

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Google Earth VR’ Revealed for HTC VIVE Google Earth VR is a surprise project from Google’s Geo team that is being both announced and released today. This is the team behind Google Maps and the original Google Earth. google earth vr virtual reality htc vive

HTC’s New ‘Link’ Mobile VR Headset is (bizarrely) Not Part of the Vive Brand

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In a curious move, HTC has revealed a new mobile VR headset called Link that is not part of the company’s Vive brand. The move comes just a week after the company announced a mobile standalone Vive headset in partnership with Google.

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Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. SEE ALSO Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR. Google News Web VR Chrome google megan lindsay virtual reality web web vr webvr

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Vive Tracker Powers Google Daydream Wireless Room Scale Hack

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Back at CES we met a small creative studio with some big technical plans for the HTC Vive’s upcoming Tracker peripheral. The team’s name was Master of Shapes , and they were one of the groups that HTC had gathered to showcase some of the many applications for the new device. The team today posted a look at its experiments attaching the Tracker to Google’s Daydream View, a device that doesn’t positionally track a user’s head movements.

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HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro ! The Venture Reality Fund and of course HTC. Image by HTC).

Hands-on: Google’s Standalone Daydream Headset Prototype with WorldSense Tracking

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Over the last 12 months or so we’ve been keeping an eye on Google’s aggressive hiring for its AR/VR team which, among other things, suggested that the company was working on new “mass production” hardware that would go beyond the simple smartphone snap-in Daydream headsets.

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HTC’s New Vive Focus Headset Locker Aims to Put VR at the Forefront of Education in China

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HTC has been making inroads into the education system in China with its startup VIVEDU , which centers around both University-level and K-12 education programs using HTC Vive and now HTC Vive Focus, the company’s 6DOF standalone VR headset. Image courtesy HTC.

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‘Google Earth VR’ Launches For Free To Let You Fly Around The World

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This is Google Earth VR. Google Earth VR is a surprise project from Google’s Geo team that is being both announced and released today. This is the team behind Google Maps and the original Google Earth. The group has spent the better part of a decade collecting and cataloging an obscene amount of visual data from all over the planet. Google Earth VR’s primary locomotion system is flight. The app is available now for free on the HTC Vive.

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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 11/13/16

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This week marks the arrival of one of the pivotal VR gaming experiences, EVE: Valkyrie , on HTC Vive. And Google Earth VR released — for free — to essentially blow everyone’s collective minds. Google Earth VR, from Google.

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Google Daydream Apps to include J.K. Rowling Experience, Gunjack 2, Netflix, and More

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Today at Google’s press event announcing the Pixel phone and Daydream View headset, the company detailed VR content on the way to the Daydream Android VR platform. Google says they’ve been working with Warner Brothers on a Daydream VR experience based on J.K.

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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.

Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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The industry is striving for ever greater openness and interconnectivity, hence why The Khronos Group and its affiliates began working on OpenXR. News Oculus Oculus Rift Oculus Rift S OpenXR The Khronos Group

Exclusive: HTC Makes Big Play For VR Content Distribution In China

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Steiber says that HTC’s vision with Viveport M is to be “platform and device agnostic” but that the app will initially work within the Android ecosystem. As Steiber tells us, “VR is very big there… it is [HTC’s] priority to help developers tap into that market.”.

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HTC Reveals Vive Ads, Research Institute, Vivpaper Updates And More

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HTC has had a busy day. If there’s one thing HTC loves, it’s a partnership. Through this group the pair plans to research several areas of the VR industry including “devices, technologies, industry applications, and big data” in an effort to turn Shenzhen into “a global center for VR research, development, and applications.” Cher Wang, CEO and Chariwoman of the wider HTC, will also serve as president. Tagged with: htc , htc vive.

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HTC Vive Will Give 100% of Holiday App Profits to Developers

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This includes HTC, who despite selling its Pixel smartphone team to Google last week is now giving 100% of its holiday app revenue directly to Vive developers. Pretty generous move by HTC, huh? A very Merry Christmas and Hanukkah thanks to the wonderful folks at HTC.

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‘YouTube VR’ Finally Comes to PC, Bringing the Platform’s 360 Videos to Vive, Rift, and Windows VR

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It’s been a long while coming, but Google has finally launched a YouTube VR app on PC. Google expects YouTube VR to remain in Early Access through 2018 as they continue to develop it based on feedback. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

GDC 2017: Vive ‘Working’ to Join Oculus on a Committee for Open VR Standards

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Earlier this morning the Khronos Group announced a name and details for its open virtual and augmented reality standard committee. Christened now as the Open XR Working Group, the organization will be comprised of representatives from the worlds leading AR/VR companies. Today’s announcement indicated that most of the major VR imprints have been granted membership into the group including: Oculus, Valve, Unity, Epic, Samsung, and Google.

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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

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Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group , complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR. from XXII GROUP.

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VR Association Formed To Get ‘Ahead of Challenges With Developing and Deploying The Technology Responsibly’

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The collective includes Google, HTC Vive, Acer Starbreeze, Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Strangely, though, there’s a glaring omission from the team: Valve Corporation, which partnered with HTC to power the Vive headset.

Google Releases Google Earth VR Experience

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Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. Originally created by Keyhole under the name EarthViewer 3D, Google played with developing 3D models and similar improvements, ultimately leading to the release of Google Earth VR.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The group includes over 140 members, with major players like Google, Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung, Magic Leap, Oculus, AMD and Nvidia involved. Tagged with: Khronos Group , OpenXR Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week appeared first on UploadVR.

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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 07/02/17

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If you’ve survived the Steam summer sale, things have returned to normal with a collection of new releases for the HTC Vive. Google has added another potential mainstay to the VR ecosystem with Blocks , a creative platform that caters to a varying degree of experience.

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Google’s Daydream Labs Shows Off Early VR Experiments

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The Google VR team wants to explore and share the possibilities of VR – starting with a drum like keyboard. In the example video below, the Daydream Labs team built a virtual drum kit that used HTC Vive controllers as drumsticks that they then adapted to a virtual keyboard. “We

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‘vTime’ Becomes Most Widely-Available Social VR Platform

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With social VR platform vTime’s recent launch on Google Daydream, the UK-based company Starship Group can proudly say they’ve created the most-widely available social VR platform in the world. Mobile VR Games News Social VR VR Games social vr starship group vtime

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VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

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Assuming you aren’t actually hosting Thanksgiving, undoubtedly the easiest VR systems to lug around would be the selection of mobile VR headsets currently on offer, namely Google Daydream and Gear VR. Google Earth VR.

Google is Adding a VR Shell to Chrome to Let You Browse the Entire Web in VR

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Google is working add fully immersive browsing capability to Chrome, allowing users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just those sites that are specially built for VR. See Also: Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR.

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Why is Google Cardboard Still Dominating the VR HMD Sales

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While sales of hi-tech power duo HTC Vive and Oculus Rift were ok, the big winner among the group is Samsung Gear VR. Google Daydream haven’t hit the markets yet and so the sales numbers aren’t exactly showing in where it’s going to be situated next year. . For instance, the price difference from HTC and Oculus is substantial, but there are two other factors as well. Secondly, HTC and VIve had sat around without having a decent content to play with.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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HTC’s Alvin Wang Graylin on the runway with a VR headset. HTC Vive Focus. HTC launched its Vive Focus VR standalone first in China in 2018. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers. With augmented reality, Google and Apple improved upon ARCore and ARKit technologies so phones understand the world better.

LCD Soundsystem Launches VR Dance Party Experience

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It was only three months ago at Google I/O that I had some of the most fun in VR i’ve had all year long. Although exciting leaps forward, it wasn’t what you’d expect demoing Google’s secretive inside-out headset or taking their Expeditions AR program for spin.