Don't expect a killer VR app from Google anytime soon

If you've noticed, a lot of the news coming out of the Google I/O 2017 developer conference has been about the mothership's efforts to gain ground in the virtual reality (VR) market. The headsets will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo and feature positional tracking, which recognizes movement as people walk around. They will be capable of tracking virtual space with the help of "WorldSense", using technology from Google's Tango augmented reality platform. On-board sensors in the headsets will enable inside-out tracking, which will remove the need to connect to any external hardware. The first Google VR headsets will go on sale this year, though the official date is not known yet. We don't even know if the standalone headset will have any connection with Android or Google's Daydream app ecosystem at all.

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When you put on a VR headset, you're blocking yourself off from the rest of the world.

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Existing virtual reality initiatives require the headset to be physically connected to its host device. This option has been available on a high-end headset like HTC Vive, but it requires a cord to connect to a TV. These are expected to launch later this year. So, you can check notifications, see a web browser, and more while in VR. It's meant to be an indoor alternative to Global Positioning System and is now being trialled in select Lowe's stores and museums. Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the US first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday.

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