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. Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending this Wednesday night announcement. According to the announcement, HTC will receive $1.1 Google VR & HTC.

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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. Alvin Wang , President of HTC China, was one of the presenters during the summit; after which he walked away seeing the advantages of virtual conferences. V2EC2020 running on an HTC Vive Pro (Image Credit: Peter H. Image Credit: HTC). Feature Image Credit: HTC.

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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. In May, we reported that Google had partnered with HTC to build a new standalone VR headset that we could all expect soon. Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners.

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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. Google revealed that partners, including HTC and Lenovo, are building the new headsets. ” You can view HTC’s standalone headset site now.

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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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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. Having joined the company in 2008, in recent year’s HTC’s VP of Design, Claude Zellweger, played a key role in the design of the Vive headset, The Verge reports. 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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The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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A new FCC listing appears for an HTC Vive headset. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. Since HTC has always made announcements during the CES, I think it will be announced in January. HTC launches Vive XR Suite.

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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. HTC of course also has expertise in the VR field with the HTC Vive, which runs with high-end PCs. Made By Google gets underway at 9AM PT / Noon ET / 4PM GMT / 5PM CET / 9:30PM IST.

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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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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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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. We’ve put together this list for recommendations on accessories, games, and more for HTC’s line of PC VR headsets. There are a few different HTC Vive headsets. The original HTC Vive headset is now discontinued.

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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. An app with such a mass appeal like Google’s Tilt Brush, Earth VR lets you visit locations around the world in 3D. Now Google Earth VR is getting a major update. The post Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support appeared first on VRScout.

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Google Announces Standalone Daydream VR Headsets Coming From HTC, Lenovo

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On stage at the company’s Google I/O 2017 developer conference today, the company announced that it is building standalone Daydream VR headsets. The first partners work with the company to bring such headsets to market is HTC and Lenovo. Google announced Daydream, their high-end Android VR platform at I/O last year, and then launched the Daydream View headset, which is powered by a snap-in smartphone, in late 2016. These devices will launch later in 2017, Google said.

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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. The designer, who worked on both HTC’s smartphones and its Vive VR headset at its San Francisco office, yesterday confirmed that he was leaving the Taiwanese company to join Google, where he’ll work on the company’s new Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. vladsavov I am joining Google Daydream, so you can redirect your criticism:).

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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. The news was first reported by Taiwan’s English language China News Agency , stating that HTC was set to “strategically adjust” its staff and continue optimizing its organizational structure to reduce operational costs. An HTC spokesperson confirmed this with Road to VR, citing a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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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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. Available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the update lets you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries right within Earth VR, making it easier than ever to experience the world as it really is. 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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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. When you’re actually in a place, the world reacts to you as you move your head around: light bounces off surfaces in different ways and you see things from different perspectives,” said Paul Debevec , Senior Researcher at Google VR.

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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’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. Google is continuing to grow its AR and VR teams and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. SEE ALSO Hands-on: Google's Standalone Daydream Headset Prototype with WorldSense Tracking.

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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. HTC is bringing its Vive brand to Daydream, today announcing that the company will build a mobile VR headset for the Daydream platform. HTC and Lenovo are the first two companies announced to be working with Google to make standalone VR headsets for the Daydream platform.

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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. Toward the end of the three minute introduction to Google Earth, you move slowly away from the surface until you’re out in space, standing face to face with with the world and a message appears. I spoke with Product Manager Mike Podwal and Lead Engineer Dominik Kaeser about all that went into Google Earth.

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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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. At the time, HTC confirmed that it would be releasing a Vive-branded standalone device under this initiative. Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners. We’ve reached out to HTC to ask after a western launch.

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Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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Expected to be rolled out in phases prior to the theatrical opening on November 17, 2017, the Justice League VR experience will have a four-stage unveiling that culminates with a full blown room-scale experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR. The first taste of the VR experience is already available for Google Cardboard as part of a promotional demo in partnership with Gillette. The Vive experience will debut at New York Comic-Con.

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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. Google posted an updated Jump FAQ recently regarding the shutdown of the VR video service, outlining that Jump will officially go offline on June 28th, 2019. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good. Where Google is headed next with VR, we’re not sure.

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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. Google Earth VR : Hours can be spent touring around virtually throughout the entire planet’s-worth of 3D geography and buildings. The post The Top 5 Games For HTC Vive appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Sheets And Excel VR Spreadsheets Are A Thing Now

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If your dreams occasionally involve spreadsheets that extend endlessly in all directions, good news: Researchers have developed a virtual reality spreadsheet interface that could expand Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel files from flat screens into 3D spaces.

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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. Like with all the other events organized by HTC China, the keynote has been held by Mr. Alvin Wang Graylin , mostly known as “Mister President”, that is famous for the passion with which he performs inspiring talks.

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Editorial: HTC Vive and Google’s Standalone VR Confusion

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Last week HTC Vive launched the Focus. Everyone expected HTC Vive would launch in China first and then come to the US market later in 2017 or possibly 2018. As far back as May of this year , that was the expectation and came as an announcement from Google themselves. And then HTC had their HTC Vive Focus launch event and the device was suddenly not coming to the US. Critically, Google is failing to build any kind of real momentum with Daydream.

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

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At today’s annual Google I/O developer conference, Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality at Google, announced a new augmented reality service called Visual Positioning Service, the latest development for the Tango platform that promises to not only precisely map the world around you in concert with Google Maps, but also give you a ‘GPS-like’ turn-by-turn navigational experience when you’re indoors. image courtesy Google. image courtesy Google.

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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. 15 years later, in Google’s San Francisco office, I felt that same magic. The company has done an impressive job of bringing Google Earth to VR. HTC Vive Games News SteamVR Games VR Games

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HTC Vive Gets $200 Price Drop

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On the heels of Oculus dropping the price of their Rift and Touch bundle from $599 to $399 this Summer, HTC Vive is also jumping in with a price reduction of their own. The HTC Vive is getting a $200 price drop, bringing the VR system down from $799 to $599. Oculus’ Summer Sale discount is only a temporary price reduction, while HTC Vive’s $200 price drop is permanent. You will also get Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank Experience for free.

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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. Earlier this year those suspicions were proven correct when HTC as well as Lenovo announced their own upcoming versions of standalone VR hardware at the Google I/O Conference. Image Credit: HTC.

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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. Previously the family-centric film, which also happens to be the longest and most dialogue-heavy piece of content within the Google Spotlight Stories catalog, was only available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift via SteamVR. The ‘Book of Life’ director’s VR debut makes its way to YouTube.

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. However, soon after the news broke it quickly became clear that only a select few VR enthusiasts would have the pleasure of soaring around the world in this exciting new title: those that owned an HTC Vive. UploadVR reached out to Google to ask why this strategy was implemented. Both of those are exclusive to the HTC Vive.

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