Monthly Archives: February 2017

Google announced it shipped over 10 million Cardboard viewers and more

Google has made quite a few VR and AR related announcements today at Mobile World Congress. First, the company said that it has shipped more than 10 million Cardboard viewers worldwide since its launch in 2014. Combined, Cardboard apps have been downloaded 160 million times on Google Play, and 30 of these apps have more than one million downloads.

Google also shared a few stats about the Daydream headset. On average, people are using it for about 40 minutes per day. The headset is currently compatible with six smartphones, and there are about 100 different Daydream apps available, with more coming soon.

It looks like Daydream users particularly love video in VR, as it is the top category of entertainment on Daydream. YouTube is the most popular app in terms of time spent and number of users, as it offers a bunch of 360 videos people can enjoy watching.

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Hit the court with the official NBA VR app for Google’s Daydream View

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If you’re a Daydream user, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now watch even more premium VR video content. Google announced that the Sky VR app is now available, which offers a bunch of 360 videos including those from Sky’s partners like Star Wars: Red Carpet, Anthony Joshua — Becoming World Champion, and others.

In addition, the online search giant has announced that there are now three new augmented reality (AR) experiences available for Tango-enabled smartphones. The Sims app lets you walk around and explore the Sims house, Chelsea Kicker places a Chelsea football player in your space so you can take a picture with him, and WSJ AR allows you to visualize stock trends.

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Google Home confirmed for UK launch in Q2 2017

The Google Home connected speaker is going to make its way across the pond in the near future. Rick Osterloh, the head of Google’s hardware division, has confirmed the company will begin selling the speaker in the UK sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

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The complete list of services with Google Home support

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Osterloh confirmed the company’s UK launch plans for Google Home in a chat with the BBC during the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. He added that Google had a “huge lead in artificial intelligence”. He said that gives Google Home an advantage in being able to better interpret the questions that will be asked by its owner, compared to rival products like the Amazon Echo, which is already on sale in the UK. Osterloh did not reveal a price point for Google Home for its launch, nor did he give a specific release date.

Google Home launched in November 2016 in the US for the price of $129. Since then, the company has been aggressive in trying to promote the speaker to US audiences, including paying $5 million for a 30 second spot in a Super Bowl TV commercial. It will be interesting to see how Google Home, and its Google Assistant voice-command service, handles the accents and the different ways that UK residents use the English language compared to the citizens of the US.

The news of Google’s UK launch comes after some new rumors about the Amazon Echo and its Alexa digital assistant have come to light. Time reports, via unnamed sources, that Amazon is trying to get Alexa to distinguish between individual voices. This would allow, for example, a parent to shop for items using their voice, and keep their children from doing the same. The story claims Amazon has been working on this feature since the summer of 2015, but it’s still not known when, or even if, it will be added to Alexa and the company’s Echo speakers.

What do you think of Google Home expanding its reach to the UK? Let us know what you think in the comments.

 

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[Video] Watch T-Mobile unbox the LG G6

  Curious to get a look into what the LG G6 is all about? Well, now you can, thanks to an unboxing video posted online by our favorite magenta carrier, T-Mobile. The LG G6 has a lot going for it. It’s got a 5.7-inch screen with little-to-no bezels — it’s an almost edge-to-edge design. It’s waterproof, […]

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Google Home might officially launch in the UK before the end of June

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Since its launch in November of last year, Google Home has only been sold officially in the US. Sure, you can buy it there and bring it overseas or probably grab it from some black market reseller in other countries, but “officially,” the device is only available in the US. That should change soon.

Rick Osterloh, SVP of Hardware at Google, revealed in an interview to the BBC at Mobile World Congress that Google Home will be launching in the UK before the end of June.

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SkyVR is now available for Daydream headsets

This isn’t Sky’s first foray into virtual reality. Previously, the British company had released Sky VR aimed at Cardboard headsets and now it’s back with SkyVR for Google’s newer and more capable Daydream platform. Was that confusing? Look for the space: Sky VR, space, versus SkyVR, no space. It’s an important distinction.

Jokes about the name’s reiteration, potential confusion, and lack of inventiveness aside, SkyVR is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in certain experiences like driving an F1 car with Damon Hill or walking the red carpet with the Star Wars cast.

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