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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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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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.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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Image by HTC). HTC launches Vive Flow headset for relaxation, priced at $499. After endless teasings and leaks, in the end, HTC has finally unveiled its headset: called Vive Flow, it is a lightweight device for media consumption. NVIDIA CloudXR is now available on Google Cloud.

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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Black Friday Deals for HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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Can you believe its only been a year since the only VR headsets you could buy for the holidays was a Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, or a Mattel View-Master. 100 Gift Code With Oculus Rift. Black Friday may be a great time to pick up an Oculus Rift. The Microsoft Store will be giving $100 gift codes with the purchase of the Oculus Rift. You can buy the Rift for its normal price of $599 and will receive a $100 digital coupon good towards Oculus VR apps and games.

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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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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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If Microsoft commits to building this platform and doesn’t abandon it (a la Google), it can become an incredible tool for us developers. Image by HTC). HTC is teasing the launch of a new hardware. With a tweet, HTC has just teased the upcoming launch of a new device.

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. For some VR fans, this was a shock since a number of VR games support Oculus Touch and the Rift through Steam.

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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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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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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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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. That would make this a serious contender to Oculus and Samsung’s mobile VR throne, especially considering Daydream headsets will work with a variety of phones across different manufacturers, and not just a line of Samsung phones. hardware VR Headsets google google daydream htc

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HTC’s Vision of the Metaverse is Heavy on Buzzwords, Light on Substance

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HTC released a video showing off its vision of the metaverse, a reflection of what the company thinks virtual spaces will look like in the near future. HTC’s most recent concept video isn’t at fault for shooting for the stars. News htc vive metaverse vive vive sync viverse

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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 realityAssuming your Earth VR app is up-to-date, you’ll now be able to drop down to street level in a variety of different locations around the world. When you … Continue reading.

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How To Attend Zoom, Skype, Hangouts Meetings In VR With SPACES

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SPACES works by creating a virtual camera showing the user in their virtual environment which can then be connected to existing platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Facebook Messenger. We tested Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.

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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. It’s not clear how much Oculus’ price drop for the Rift VR headset played into Vive’s announcement today, but what is clear is that both companies have their eye on making VR more accessible to a mass market.

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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. While Oculus is getting all the glory for the Quest, its competitors are not sleeping. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. HTC launches Vive XR Suite. r/Oculus lately.

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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 Vive is a powerful ally in the fight against marketplace fragmentation, as it draws content from Steam, Viveport—and with the help of ReVive , a software hack that lets you play Oculus exclusives, the Oculus Store.

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New HTC CEO Vows Continued Focus on Vive and XR

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HTC has announced the appointment of Yves Maitre as its new CEO. Cher Wang, who took over as company CEO in March 2015, is stepping down to continue as Chairwoman of the HTC board. HTC says she will focus on future technologies that both align with the company’s portfolio and vision of Vive Reality. Across the world, HTC is recognized for its firsts across the mobile and XR space. SEE ALSO HTC Says '5G Hub' Will Stream VR 'Directly to Vive Headsets', One Day.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.05.16): Meta teases Cambria, Google shows new AR features, and more!

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This reminds me of a similar error HTC made in the past of mixing signals of a pro device and consumer content It has RGB passthrough cameras with three times the resolution of Quest 2 cameras. Image by Google). Google performs interesting AR news at I/O conference.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive Focus’ Standalone VR Headset

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Today during the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, HTC revealed the Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset with inside-out positional tracking. Update (11/14/17): HTC has confirmed to Road to VR that the company is cancelling plans to bring a Daydream-based version of the Vive Focus headset to Western markets, including the US and Europe. Vive China President Alvin Wang Graylin reveals the Vive Focus on stage at VDC 2017 | Image courtesy HTC. Image courtesy HTC.

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Viveport President Rikard Steiber Departs HTC

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Rikard Steiber, Viveport President and Senior VP of Virtual Reality, is departing HTC at the end of the year. Having joined the company in February 2016, Steiber oversaw the launch of Viveport in over 60 markets, HTC’s digital distribution platform for VR games and experiences. However, as HTC now is entering a new chapter, I have agreed with Yves (new HTC CEO) that it is a great time for me to move on and take on a new challenge after almost 4 years at HTC Vive.

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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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Vrideo Launches on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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If you uploaded your content to an immersive video platform like Vrideo , friends could already check out your latest work of art with a Google Cardboard or Gear VR headset by downloading an app. But when it came to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, viewing options were more limited. Santa Monica-based Vrideo has extended their native VR experience to the newly launched headsets from Oculus and HTC.

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HTC Halts Stock Trading as Rumors of Sale Swirl

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According to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC will halt trading of its stock as of September 21st, pending an unknown announcement from the company, reports Bloomberg. Following several years of financial difficulty, the future of HTC seems less clear than it’s ever been. Bloomberg reported last month , citing unnamed sources, that HTC was “explor[ing] strategic options,” ranging from separating its VR business to a full sale of the company.

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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.

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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’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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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . The similarities between Oculus and Apple begin with a shared interest in controlled content. HTC/Microsoft .

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. While SteamVR is primarily the home of the HTC Vive, it also supports the Oculus Rift and Touch controllers, making it easy to developers to release games that work with both headsets.

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Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 Employees in Taiwan Manufacturing Division

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HTC is reportedly laying off 1,500 employees in its Taiwan manufacturing division, something Bloomberg’s Taipei bureau chief Samson Ellis reports to be around 22% of HTC employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to profitability this year July 2: @htc says it will cut its Taiwan workforce by 1,500 people (about 22% of total employees). HTC has been in financial difficulty for the past few years, with stock prices falling since their all-time high in 2011.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

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Image by Oculus). The other bombshell news is that Resident Evil 4 is coming to the Oculus Quest 2. On April, 21st, Oculus will host its first Gaming Showcase , with news on ‘Lone Echo II’, ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’, and many other titles. Two cool news from Oculus App Lab.

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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. HTC Vive Focus price will start from $599. The Vive Focus device, with its two available colors (Image by HTC Vive). Oculus vs HTC, the eternal VR battle.

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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. HTC is by now one of the world’s leaders in the virtual reality space. The company actually set up the HTC Vive Tech Corporation subsidiary back in 2015 under which all of its virtual reality activities have been coordinated.

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HTC Vive Mobile Phone Spotted in Promotional Video

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An HTC Vive phone has been spotted in a promotional video leaked ahead of a scheduled press conference on January 12th. In another in a series of leaks from Internet tipster Evan Blass over the CES period, two promotional videos which have allegedly leaked ahead of an HTC press conference scheduled for next week, seems to feature a Vive branded model of mobile phone. HTC 2017? This video may indicate HTC is ready to make that move, using its now established Vive brand.

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Searches for “HTC Vive” Have Caught up with “Oculus Rift” and May Be Accelerating

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When it comes to Google searches, “HTC Vive” has recently matched “Oculus Rift” and may be continuing to rise. Google searches for “Oculus Rift” have enjoyed steady popularity since 2013 with major spikes hitting after the company’s announcement that it had been acquired by Facebook in 2014, and as the headset finally opened for pre-orders earlier this year.

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