We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Nerd Party What to expect from the biggest Google conference ever. Alex Dobie 13 May 2016 43 [ ]/google-io-2016) It's Google I/O time! The 2016 installment of Google's annual developer conference kicks off Wednesday, May 18 in Mountain View, California with a two-hour opening keynote. With a new venue and the promise of announcements on the future of Android N , VR, Chrome OS and much more, it's sure to be one of the highlights of the year in mobile tech. With just a few days to go until developers descend on Shoreline Amphitheater, we've rounded up details of what we're expecting from Google I/O 2016. A new venue Shoreline Amphitheater. Photo credit: Coolcaesar on Wikipedia. Aside from what's actually announced and shown at Google I/O 2016, attendees will experience this year's conference in a new way, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Google's hometown of … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2016 preview: Android N, Android VR, Project Chirp, Play Store on Chromebooks and more!
So many videos Hello my friend. Stay a while, and listen. Russell Holly 20 May 2016 1 [ ]/google-io-2016) Google isn't livestreaming every session at their massive developer conference this year, but we do get recordings of each one uploaded at the end of the day. Among other things, that means there's a whole lot of Google I/O for those us who aren't on the ground in Mountain View to enjoy now. We've gone ahead and cherry picked some of the best of day two for you to look at, with the full lineup split between the Android Developers and Google Developers pages over on YouTube for the rest. Ready? Here we go! VR at Google The recently announced Daydream may not be on the scale of Hololens or HTC Vive like many had initially suspected, but Google's plans for virtual reality in the mobile space is more than a little impressive. The presentations given by Google's VR team all day yesterday painted a rich picture of the future, … [Read more...] about Google I/O Day 2 video roundup — everything you missed
Google going forwrd The message is clear — machines and gadgets are going to get smarter than we ever thought was possible. Jerry Hildenbrand 22 May 2016 34 [ ]/google-io-2016) During the keynote presentation at Google I/O 2016 , about 7,000 developers, enthusiasts and media professionals sat in the partially sun-soaked Shoreline Amphitheater and learned what Google has been working on lately, and what it means for the gadgets and gizmos about to be unleashed on the world. Buried in among the messaging apps, VR headsets and developer tools was a common theme — in 2016, machines are smart. And they're going to get a lot smarter than we're used to — and maybe more than we're comfortable with. Daydream believer We can't dismiss the excitement around Google Daydream VR — the answer to "affordable" consumer virtual reality applications and one of the physical products we're going to be able to buy. And we shouldn't dismiss them! Russell … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2016 recap: Rise of the machines
In 2013 I volunteered to play a game design student's project on an Oculus Rift DK1, a simple maze and a rollercoaster demo. They were just prototypes so it wasn't a spectacular first impression of virtual reality, but I kept thinking about it for years after, and in 2018, lacking a suitable PC, I invested in a PlayStation VR. I wish I'd jumped to PC VR sooner. PSVR's pricing was more accessible for a call centre worker, but it came with trade-offs—wires were everywhere, PlayStation Move controllers weren't great for VR, and on a sunny day the light-sensitive motion tracking simply didn't work. PSVR wasn't terrible, just limiting. When I bought an Oculus Rift S I finally had the VR experience I wanted. Hand movement was refined, my immersion wasn't broken by sunlight, and setup was much tidier. I've since bought an Oculus Quest 2, but that Rift S demonstrated what VR could achieve and how many improvements VR tech has made since 2016. Granted, some aspects of VR still have a … [Read more...] about 6 things VR is really good at now