Latest Google AR & VR news

Surf in VR: Chrome officially launches for Daydream VR headsets
Surf in VR: Chrome officially launches for Daydream VR headsets By Maggie Tillman

Chrome browsing in VR has finally arrived.Google is adding the Chrome browser to Daydream, its virtual reality platform. That means anyone with a mobile-based Daydream View headset (or standalone Lenovo Mirage Solo) will be able to access and use Google's... Read more

Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès
Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès By Max Langridge

If you head to the Google homepage today, Thursday 3 May, you will see a new Google Doodle. However, today's is the first to compatible with VR headsets, or can be watched in a 360-degree interactive video if viewing on a regular web browser. The best... Read more

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display
Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display By Max Langridge

Google will unveil a new 4.3-inch, 18-megapixel VR headset screen at Display Week 2018. The screen will have a wide field-of-view, use OLED display technology and have a 1,443ppi rating. Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what... Read more

This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van
This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van By Elyse Betters

Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a driverless car?Well, now you can experience what it's like, thanks to Waymo, which has released a 360-degree video showing the inside of one of its fully driverless minivans. Waymo is the self-driving car company... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format
What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... Read more

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too
Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too By Elyse Betters

Google is holding a product launch event and it just officially announced the Daydream View. This virtual reality headset is actually a second-generation version of last year's Daydream View. We previously wrote about the leaks of this device that had... Read more

Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what is standalone Daydream?
Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what is standalone Daydream? By Rik Henderson

When it comes to virtual reality, Google has been very active in getting cheap devices into people's hands, thanks to Google Cardboard, and even supplying them with plenty of content to view, through YouTube.In 2016 Google introduced Daydream, a new... Read more

Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard
Standalone Daydream VR is now a reality, Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo onboard By Chris Hall

Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. Google and Qualcomm have partnered on a standalone Daydream VR headset.Building on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform,... Read more

Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O?
Standalone Google VR headset to debut at I/O? By Max Langridge

Variety has learned from various sources that Google may unveil a standalone virtual reality headset at its annual I/O conference later today. Google I/O 2017: When is it, where to watch and what to expect? Google's standalone VR/AR headset: What's the... Read more

Google teams up with Yi to launch new Jump VR camera rig for pros
Google teams up with Yi to launch new Jump VR camera rig for pros By Elyse Betters

Remember Google's Jump VR platform? Well, it has a new camera rig.When Google introduced Jump, which uses cloud-based software and algorithms to stitch together 360-degree videos, it announced a partnership with GoPro. The action-cam maker in partnership... Read more

Daydream VR is coming to a Chrome browser near you
Daydream VR is coming to a Chrome browser near you By Max Langridge

Google has announced it has begun rolling out an update for its Chrome web browser on Daydream-ready Android smartphones, that will let you access WebVR-formatted web pages with a Daydream View VR headset. What is Google Daydream and what devices support... Read more

HTC Vive's VR headset designer is now working on Google Daydream
HTC Vive's VR headset designer is now working on Google Daydream By Elyse Betters

The same day it was revealed Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi to head up Facebook-Oculus' virtual reality efforts, HTC's now-former design lead announced he is begun working on the Google Daydream platform.Claude Zellweger, according to his Twitter (where... Read more

Google launches Daydream View in new colours other than slate grey
Google launches Daydream View in new colours other than slate grey By Elyse Betters

Don't like the dark grey colour of Daydream View? Well, you're in luck.When Google launched Daydream View a couple months ago, it only made the VR headset available in the colour "Slate", which, during our review, we actually thought was quite pleasing... Read more

Google is now letting you see the entire world in VR from the comfort of your home
Google is now letting you see the entire world in VR from the comfort of your home By Max Langridge

Google Earth already does a great job of showing us places around the world we never even knew existed. It can show 3D images and close ups of places, but it's never quite the same as being there. Now the company has launched Google Earth VR, which will... Read more

Google’s standalone VR/AR headset: What’s the story so far?
Google’s standalone VR/AR headset: What’s the story so far? By Elyse Betters

Google's VR vision extends beyond Cardboard and Daydream.The company began embracing virtual reality a few years ago when it launched a Cardboard DIY headset with a viewer certification program. Then, in 2016, it introduced the Daydream VR platform, followed... Read more

Google's next VR headset might ditch the phone and include AR
Google's next VR headset might ditch the phone and include AR By Elyse Betters

Daydream isn't the only headset Google dreamed up.The company is working on a standalone headset that's part virtual reality and part augmented reality. According to Engadget, the device, which has been rumoured in the past, will use sensors and feature... Read more

Google Cardboard Camera app: What you need to know about VR photos
Google Cardboard Camera app: What you need to know about VR photos By Elyse Betters

Google has been busy beefing up the Cardboard platform as of late, with the most recent addition being the launch of a dedicated camera app that lets you take immersive panoramic photos with sound.Last year, Google partnered with Disney on a StarWars-themed... Read more

Google Cardboard Camera app for iOS lets you take VR pics with sound
Google Cardboard Camera app for iOS lets you take VR pics with sound By Elyse Betters

Google has been going after virtual reality, with the latest example being that Cardboard Camera is now available for iOS.Google's new camera app, originally launched for Android last December, works specifically with Google Cardboard-certified viewers.... Read more

Google scrapped plans for own Oculus Rift VR headset
Google scrapped plans for own Oculus Rift VR headset By Rik Henderson

Google reportedly had plans to take on Oculus, HTC and PlayStation with its own high-end virtual reality headset. However, it was scrapped with the company said to prefer to continue down the mobile VR route instead.Recode claims that Google is streamlining... Read more

deadmau5 to star in own VR game with special edition Google Cardboard
deadmau5 to star in own VR game with special edition Google Cardboard By Rik Henderson

DJ and dance music artist deadmau5 is starring in his own virtual reality game out at the end of July. What's more, you can order a limited and special edition version of Google Cardboard to use while playing it.He has partnered with vodka company Absolut... Read more

Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android
Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android By Elyse Betters

Soon, you'll be able to jump into the web. Like, literally. The latest beta and developer versions of Google's Chrome browser app for Android includes support for the open-source WebVR standard, which allows developers to create websites you can use/watch/view... Read more

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality
Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality By Chris Hall

Clay Bavor, VP virtual reality at Google, took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to add flesh to the bones of Google's future VR plans. Evolving the VR offering beyond that of Cardboard, Bavor confirmed that Android is working on a new platform called... Read more

Google is giving Project Tango a big expansion: Coming to VR headset?
Google is giving Project Tango a big expansion: Coming to VR headset? By Elyse Betters

Google is reportedly getting ready to unveil a standalone headset, and to complement that, it might announce a major Project Tango expansion.Project Tango is a technology that uses cameras and sensors in mobile devices for motion tracking and depth perception.... Read more

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC
Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC By Elyse Betters

Okay, so you've heard Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that is more legit than Cardboard, but a new report has just indicated the company is making a second device that doesn't need a phone or PC.So, it's a standalone headset.The Wall Street... Read more

Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR
Google is going big on VR in 2016: Here's how it will top Cardboard and Gear VR By Elyse Betters

Google is tackling virtual reality this year. Like, for reals.Or at least that's what Re/code and The Financial Times have reported. The search giant is putting together a "dedicated division" solely for virtual-reality computing, and the whole thing... Read more

This is what the next version of Google Glass looks like
This is what the next version of Google Glass looks like By Elyse Betters

It looks like Google Glass 2 is close to hitting the workplace. Project Aura, not to be mistaken for modular phone Project Ara, is a division at Google responsible for wearable technology, and it's been working on the latest versions of Google Glass.Google... Read more

Google Glass is dead, long live Project Aura instead
Google Glass is dead, long live Project Aura instead By Rik Henderson

Although Google has consistently made noises to suggest otherwise, it has been widely reported for much of the last year that the Google Glass project has been shelved - at the very least postponed.Now it seems that is in part true, with reports today... Read more

Google Glass 2: What’s the story so far?
Google Glass 2: What’s the story so far? By Elyse Betters

You've probably heard that Google Glass is dead.Well, it isn't.It's alive and well and supposedly headed toward a second version that'll be released sometime this year. A new FCC filing supposedly for the device has even revealed what it will likely feature.... Read more

Google's smart contact lens might already be ready for a consumer launch
Google's smart contact lens might already be ready for a consumer launch By Elyse Betters

You might not have to wait until 2019 to get your hands on a smart contact lens from Google.The Google X team announced in 2014 that it developed a smart contact lens for measuring glucose levels in people with diabetes. It uses miniaturised electronics... Read more

Google Glass is not dead, it’s just resting
Google Glass is not dead, it’s just resting By Rik Henderson

Google Glass might have been suspended earlier this year, at least the Explorer program was, but there's still life in the technology yet. Head of the project Tony Fadell, who is also CEO of Nest, claims that the company still has plans for a consumer... Read more

Google's Works with Cardboard aims to certify VR viewers and optimise app experiences
Google's Works with Cardboard aims to certify VR viewers and optimise app experiences By Elyse Betters

Google wants you to know it's investing in virtual reality compatibility.The company's Cardboard VR viewer, which launched last year, has inspired a whole range of budget VR viewers made out of affordable materials, and in an attempt to make them work... Read more

Google's Ingress augmented reality game might soon become a TV show
Google's Ingress augmented reality game might soon become a TV show By Elyse Betters

Google is making a TV show based on its hit augmented reality game.According to The Information, Google's Niantic Labs, which develops the Ingress science fiction-themed AR game, has partnered with Sean Daniel Company to turn Ingress into a television... Read more

Google Glass is still alive and well, and Google is making sure you know
Google Glass is still alive and well, and Google is making sure you know By Elyse Betters

Long live Google Glass!According to The Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has confirmed that Google didn't scrap the Google Glass wearable device because it's "too important". The company merely stopped selling the first... Read more

Google Glass: A brief history
Google Glass: A brief history By Elyse Betters

Google Glass is in danger of becoming a fond yet long-forgotten memory, much like Atari or LaserDiscs.Google announced on 15 January that it would soon end sales of Google Glass as well as kill the Explorer programme, though it promised to continue working... Read more

3D LED printer makes Google Glass-like contact lens with built-in display possible
3D LED printer makes Google Glass-like contact lens with built-in display possible By Elyse Betters

Researchers at the University of Washington just announced something new they have been developing: a contact lens with a built-in LED display.Consider this contact lens a prototype, because it can only display one pixel of information at the moment,... Read more

Google Glass Basecamps look to close in US and London, but you'll never suspect the reason why
Google Glass Basecamps look to close in US and London, but you'll never suspect the reason why By Elyse Betters

Google appears to be closing all Google Glass Basecamp stores, it's claimed.9to5Google recently spotted a post on Google+ from Spencer Kleyweg, a Google Glass developer, who pointed out that Google was no longer accepting scheduled appointments for Glass... Read more

Net-A-Porter now selling Made for Glass by Diane von Furstenberg, Google Glass gets sexy
Net-A-Porter now selling Made for Glass by Diane von Furstenberg, Google Glass gets sexy By Rik Henderson

Net-A-Porter claims to be the first third-party retailer to stock Google Glass in the UK. The online fashion store now ranges a series of DVF Made for Glass specs in a variety of colours.Available from Net-A-Porter.com, the five different models in the... Read more

Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet now up for preorder, costs as much as Google Glass
Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet now up for preorder, costs as much as Google Glass By Elyse Betters

The self-dubbed "world's smartest helmet" is now available for preorder, enabling you to ride in style, or more specifically, with with a heads-up display, rearview camera, and GPS navigation. All you have to do is fork over enough cash to buy a pair... Read more

Forget Google Glass, slip on the Lechal smartshoe
Forget Google Glass, slip on the Lechal smartshoe By Luke Edwards

Google Glass isn't available in India so they built their own intelligent wearable, a smartshoe called Lechal.Built by Indian start-up Ducere Technologies the Bluetooth enabled shoe, called Lechal, not only tracks users but also offers directions. Hence... Read more

Google is developing smart contact lenses that detect health and autofocus eyes
Google is developing smart contact lenses that detect health and autofocus eyes By Luke Edwards

Google is working with Swiss drug maker Novartis to create smart contact lenses. The eye worn devices will be able to detect a user's health or autofocus a person's vision.The first contact lens will be for diabetics. It will be able to measure glucose... Read more

Control Google Glass with your mind
Control Google Glass with your mind By Stuart Miles

Deciding that the finger swipes are a limiting factor to how people use Google Glass, one London-based design agency come up with an alternative; mind control.Called mindRDR, the app, combined with a Neurosky EEG biosensor allows you to take a picture... Read more

UK cinemas ban Google Glass, six days after release
UK cinemas ban Google Glass, six days after release By Luke Edwards

Google Glass has only be available to buy in the UK for six days, and already cinemas have banned the smartglasses. Why? Piracy.So far the largest cinema chain to ban Glass is Vue while the Cinema Exhibitor's Association trade group has also banned them.... Read more

Google doubles the RAM in Glass to 2GB, just in time for Brits to buy
Google doubles the RAM in Glass to 2GB, just in time for Brits to buy By Elyse Betters

Google's I/O developer conference is tomorrow, meaning upgrade announcements from the company are starting to trickle online. And Brits will be glad to know the most recent news comes from the Google Glass team.Google wants you to know it is constantly... Read more

Framing the future: The styles, shapes and colours of Google Glass
Framing the future: The styles, shapes and colours of Google Glass By Britta O'Boyle

Google Glass has arrived in the UK and there are a number of styles you can choose from, as well as a selection of colours including black, blue and orange.We popped down to the Glass launch event in London to see which one was our favourite and which... Read more

Google Glass Explorer programme hits the UK, get Glass for £1,000
Google Glass Explorer programme hits the UK, get Glass for £1,000 By Luke Edwards

Google has announced that its Explorer Programme is now available in the UK. That means that developers and fans in the UK will have a chance to buy their very own Google Glass for £1,000.The only limitation on becoming a Glass Explorer, or Glasshole,... Read more

Google Glass Explorer Edition fully goes on sale in the US for $1,500
Google Glass Explorer Edition fully goes on sale in the US for $1,500 By Elyse Betters

Following a limited one-day sale of Google Glass in April, Google has now completely opened the Explorer Program to all American consumers.Starting today, anyone in the US can buy an Explorer Edition of Google Glass. All you need is $1,500 and access... Read more

Google Glass components cost less than $80, Google charges $1500
Google Glass components cost less than $80, Google charges $1500 By Luke Edwards

Google Glass cost early adopters a whopping $1500 to buy new, but apparently only cost the mighty G $79.78 in components.According to teardown.com the most expensive part in Google Glass is its Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor and even that is just... Read more

Want to try on Google Glass at no cost? Just call this phone number
Want to try on Google Glass at no cost? Just call this phone number By Elyse Betters

Google has launched a try-on program of sorts for Google Glass, its optical head-mounted display that is expected to go on sale in 2014.Although Glass hasn't officially released to the public, Google expanded its Explorer Program earlier this week and... Read more

Here's how to buy Google Glass during one-day US sale and why you should
Here's how to buy Google Glass during one-day US sale and why you should By Elyse Betters

Google is letting the adult American public buy Google Glass for one-day only; today, 15 April.The company said it plans to open up "some spots" in the Glass Explorer Program, basically letting more US residents get their hands on the hot wearable gadget... Read more

Google Glass to get Android KitKat update next week for better battery, gallery and more
Google Glass to get Android KitKat update next week for better battery, gallery and more By Luke Edwards

Google has announced that Glass will be getting an Android KitKat update later this week. The major update announcement comes today as Glass goes on sale to the public for one day only. If you've got $1500 get over to Google for a chance to be a Glass... Read more