HTC Announces First-Ever Virtual Industry Conference In Response To Coronavirus

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In February Facebook has canceled its annual F8 developer conference citing concerns over coronavirus, meanwhile, Google has canceled I/O 2020 , its largest in-person event, due to similar fears. V2EC2020 running on an HTC Vive Pro (Image Credit: Peter H. Image Credit: HTC).

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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HTC Cancels Google Daydream Standalone VR Headset

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As we reported from Vive’s Beijing event late Monday, HTC unveiled a standalone VR headset that requires no PC or base stations. The only problem is that throughout the event, not once did we hear about whether the Vive Focus was going to be a Google Daydream ready device.

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Standalone Google VR Headsets Coming from HTC and Lenovo

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Google announces inside-out tracking standalone headset coming soon from partners. Google’s annual Google I/O developer kicked off Wednesday with Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor taking the stage to announce the company’s next-generation virtual reality headset.

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HTC’s VP of Design Leaving to Join Google’s VR Team

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According to a report by The Verge , HTC’s VP of Design is leaving the company to join up with Google’s Daydream VR team. Now he’s taking that experience with both mobile and VR design over to the Google Daydream VR team, according to a tweet by Zellweger.

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HTC Announces Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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HTC has confirmed that it’s laying off staff in order to streamline its business amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An HTC spokesperson confirmed this with Road to VR, citing a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Funding from HTC for VR Education Platform 'Engage'.

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Report: Google’s Daydream Headset To Cost $79, Could Be Made By HTC

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The first Daydream headset’s price may have been revealed just ahead of today’s Made By Google conference, and it looks like it could literally give Samsung a run for its money. The site also suggests that Google’s Daydream headset could actually be made by HTC.

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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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HTC Vive Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories, Games, And More For HTC Headsets

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The HTC Vive is one of the most popular and enduring lines of PC VR headsets. Whether you’re talking about the original HTC Vive or the newer Vive Cosmos, there are a bunch of different games and accessories you can use with the Vive system. HTC Vive PC VR System Specs.

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Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

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It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. Now Google Earth VR is getting a major update.

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Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR.

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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.

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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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Vive’s VP Of Design Claude Zellweger Leaves HTC For Google Daydream

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Claude Zellweger, HTC’s VP of Design, is making the switch from PC VR to mobile VR. vladsavov I am joining Google Daydream, so you can redirect your criticism:). We appreciate his considerable contribution to HTC, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

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Google’s Experiment With Light Fields Show Potential of VR

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Google is working on ways to create the most realistic sense of presence while in VR. To help with that, Google has been experimenting with light fields to show how VR can come as close as possible to what you’d actually see if you were there. Image Credit: Google VR.

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Street View Comes To Google Earth VR

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Last year Google launched a VR version of Google Earth , letting you visit locations around the world in 3D. I’d love to skip down the street with the tap of the controller, just like we’ve grown familiar with from Google Maps. Image Credit: Google Street View.

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HTC Releasing ‘Standalone’ Google Daydream VR Headset ‘Later This Year’

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” This is the tagline accompanying the shadowy image of a brand new virtual reality headset that was unveiled today from the manufacturers of the popular Vive VR system: HTC. At Google IO, Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor announced that the Silicon Valley Juggernaut will be partnering with a myriad of different OEM partners to create a new line of “standalone” VR headsets. One of these partners is HTC. HTC VIVE (@htcvive) May 17, 2017.

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Google Reveals WorldSense Standalone VR Headsets, Working With HTC

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Looks like the rumors are true; Google just announced it’s working on its very own standalone VR headsets at its I/O conference. Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor introduced this new initiative towards the end of the conference. They’ll be running on Daydream, the mobile VR ecosystem Google established last year, and can already be accessed through certain other mobile-based VR headsets using smartphones. Google VR Industry News

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Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

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Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good.

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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. Google also showed off their controller that can be used as an input device while in VR. News Daydream Google HTC

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First Glimpse of HTC’s Standalone Vive Headset Powered by Google Daydream, Launching Later This Year

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Google and HTC are partnering up on Google’s new standalone Daydream VR initiative which will see fully-self contained mobile VR headsets built on Android. News htc vive daydream htc vive standalone

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Google Earth Lets You Explore the Planet in Virtual Reality

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Google Earth is now available for the HTC Vive. If you have access to a Vive, try Google Earth VR for yourself before reading any further. I spoke with Product Manager Mike Podwal and Lead Engineer Dominik Kaeser about all that went into Google Earth.

Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

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In addition, he announced an AR mode for an upcoming educational tool called Google Expeditions. Google Tango is a smartphone-based AR platform that has the ability to map the world around you in real-time using a number of on-board sensors and the phone’s camera.

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HTC announces XR Suite and teases the future of collaboration and workplace

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This night I woke up at 3am to participate in HTC Vive’s event on ENGAGE because I read that it was an “HTC VIVE LAUNCH EVENT” and I was super-confident in the launch of the Cosmos XR or at least of the Cosmos Play. It is like Google here.

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Google to Feature High-resolution VR OLED Display for Wide FOV Headsets at SID 2018

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As first reported by OLED-info , an advanced copy of the event’s schedule maintains that a talk featuring Google hardware engineer Carlin Vieri will be taking place May 22nd. Yes, Google is researching foveated rendering too.

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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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Google Demonstrates Promising Low-cost, Mobile Inside-out Controller Tracking

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But we could see that change in the near future, thanks to research from Google which details a system for low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

Google’s Tilt Brush Surprise Launches On PSVR… In Japan

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Google’s popular Tilt Brush VR creation platform is finally available on PSVR. The experience was originally launched on the HTC Vive when it released four years ago now (!). Interestingly the app is published by Sony itself, not Google. Surprise!

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Google Launches Earth VR on HTC Vive, A Breathtaking New Way to Know Our Planet

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Today Google launches Earth VR for the HTC Vive for free, giving us a whole new perspective on the world. I remember, back in 2001, how amazed I was to see Google Earth for the first time. Google Earth made the world tangible in a way we’d never known it.

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HTC Vive’s Google Daydream Headset Cancelled As 6DoF Vive Focus Announced

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Google and HTC Vive are no longer working on the standalone VR headset announced earlier this year. In May, Google announced a new line of standalone devices running on its Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners.

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Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube

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When we first heard about Jorge Gutierrez’s Google Spotlight Stories project, Son of Jaguar , I don’t think any of us were expecting the colorful journey we were about to experience. The post Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube appeared first on VRScout.

Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout.

HTC Getting $1.1 Billion Injection From Google To Aid VR And Phone Business

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Google is taking a team from HTC that developed the Pixel smartphone, and getting access to HTC intellectual property, in exchange for $1.1 The money could help HTC push its VR efforts into next steps, which likely includes a future generation of its HTC Vive PC-powered VR system as well as a coming standalone headset that works with Google’s Worldsense tracking technology. The money will also be used to aid HTC’s smartphone business.

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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.

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New Trademark Labels HTC Standalone Headset As Vive Focus

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This is likely the name of HTC’s standalone VR headset coming soon. When Oculus first revealed its prototype standalone VR headset, code-named Santa Cruz, back in 2016, we all new a response from HTC was inevitable. Image Credit: HTC.

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HTC Stock Trading Halted, Speculation Builds Of Google Sale

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For more than a year reports have surfaced that HTC might be looking for a buyer for either some or all of its business. Rumors have also suggested Google might be the most likely buyer. HTC released the following statement: “HTC does not comment on market rumor or speculation.” Not to mention Google also bought Owlchemy Labs , which also launched its groundbreaking game Job Simulator first on Vive.

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Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

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Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app. Archive Apps google Google Earth HTC VIVE oculus rift Street View virtual reality

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