BRINGINGVR ON­THEGO

YouTube Brings VR Video Sup­port to An­droid

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

360-de­gree videos are a rad­i­cal way of view­ing a scene, and we're not be­ing bias by ad­mit­ting that. Es­sen­tially, they al­low a user to take a 360-de­gree view of their sur­round­ings. When YouTube en­abled this fea­ture on its video shar­ing plat­form, it gave users more than just an­other video to watch: it al­lows them to in­ter­act with the video that en­cap­su­lates its en­tire sur­round­ings. Th­ese videos give users a sense of depth, and even al­low them to prop­erly gauge just how close the per­son record­ing the video was to the sub­ject.

YouTube has now taken it a step fur­ther by bring­ing sup­port for VR videos to the An­droid ecosys­tem. Much like the 360-de­gree videos that you can find on YouTube.com, the An­droid app will now al­low you to view the same VR con­tent on your mo­bile de­vice, with a dif­fer­ence. At present, the only way to view VR videos on YouTube's An­droid app, is through the use of Google Card­board. On top of that, you'll also need to down­load the ac­com­pa­ny­ing Card­board app from Google Play.

If you hap­pen to have a Google Card­board head­set, don't hes­i­tate to give it a try. Af­ter all, this is the clos­est thing that you can get to a VR ex­pe­ri­ence if you're un­able to af­ford the more pre­mium and yet-to-be-re­leased Ocu­lus Rift or HTC Vive.

DE­CEM­BER 2015

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Now, you can view VR videos on YouTube's An­droid app.

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