Google wants to enable VR in Chrome for Android

Google has always been big on VR, their work on Cardboard and the upcoming Daydream platform are testament to that. It’s now come to light that Google is working on integrating WebVR APIs into Google Chrome for Android.


Google has always been big on VR, their work on Cardboard and the upcoming Daydream platform are testament to that. It’s now come to light that Google is working on integrating WebVR APIs into Google Chrome for Android. WebVR is an open-source JavaScript API that enables VR support in websites directly.

RoadToVR reports that the developer and beta versions of Google Chrome now have flags which, when enabled, will potentially enable a web VR experience. Right now, these flags don’t seem to do anything.

It’s been possible to browse VR-ready websites on iOS, but that experience is limited to the particular website that you visit. Navigation out of the site would involve removing the VR headset, which is a little cumbersome and also kills immersion.

With WebVR implementation in Chrome, Google is hoping to build a holistic VR experience for the web. They envision a VR future where you won’t need to step in and out of a VR browsing experience, where the entirety of the web is available to browse in VR. Samsung has already released a VR browser that works well with Samsung Gear.

Google is also working on a version of Chrome for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.


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