Google I/O tomorrow
Google’s annual developer conference kicks off soon after this newsletter arrives in inboxes. The main keynote is at 10 a.m. PST. Check YouTube for the livestream (there should also be a 360 version available) on the Google I/O website.
Google is expected to make major announcements regarding its VR and AR ambitions, though a self-contained VR headset akin to the Rift doesn’t sound likely. That said, an interface in VR for launching experiences and anything that improves Android VR head tracking would help Google bring a wider range of phones closer in line with the feature set found in the Gear VR.
Disney released an HTC Vive app called Disney Movies VR that collects all of the experimental VR content the studio has released thus far inside a really well-produced content portal. The content itself mostly consists of prerendered 360-degree videos, such as the Jakku spy pieces from the Star Wars cardboard app and Weta’s King Louie video for The Jungle Book, but there is also a real-time rendered encounter with Kaa the snake from the latter film.