Android Virtual Reality
Android is one of the most used operating systems for smartphones. The android operating system is privately and actively developed by Google. The virtual reality solutions that we create are compatible with android smartphone devices.
What is Android?
Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. However companies like Google and Leap Motion have developed VR input devices and gesture devices that track your hands and can be used as alternative input devices.
In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.
Android and Virtual Reality
As we can see with the difference between the Oculus Rift and the Gear VR, today’s Virtual Reality market is split into two segments: tethered and smartphone virtual reality. The advantage of the tethered approach is that the processing power and the electrical power comes from a PC or console. However with the speed at which smartphone technology are developing smartphone VR is only going to get better, and in two years time the tethered vr devices will not have much advantage over Smartphone VR devices.
These machines have high performance CPUs and GPUs, and don’t need to worry about battery life.
However the disadvantage is that they are generally fixed to one room in your house or office. The advantage of smartphone VR is that it is truly portable. Wherever you go, your VR headset can go with you and you can use Smartphone Virtual Reality anywhere. Google are invested heavily in Virtual Reality and the Android Operating System is being developed with all the necessary technologies for true smartphone virtual reality.
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR and AR applications.
Users can either build their own viewer from simple, low-cost components using specifications published by Google, or purchase one manufactured by a third-party.
The platform was created by David Coz and Damien Henry, Google engineers at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, in their 20% "Innovation Time Off". It was introduced at the Google I/O 2014 developers conference for Android devices, with a release to iOS at the following year's event. Through January 2016, over 5 million Cardboard viewers had shipped and over 1,000 compatible applications had been published.
We create Android Compatible Virtual Reality Software, 360° video and applications
We here at 3D Photographers specialize in the development and filming of 360° video for android devices. We have the know-how and skills to create custom VR applications for Google Cardboard and Android devices and can assist you with your Virtual Reality application and take your business to another dimension via Virtual Reality technologies. For more information on Virtual Reality you can browse our website or contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions or assist you with your VR application.
Virtual Reality Technologies, Partners, Hardware and Software Solutions
We here at 3D Photographers have extensive experience in creating Google Street View images, Panorama images, 3D Photography, 360° video and Virtual Reality Application development.
Below is some of the technologies that we use to create Virtual Reality solutions.