Report: Android OS coming to virtual reality headsets

Gigaom

Google has reportedly hired a team to build a version of the Android operating system for virtual reality headsets, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Vice president of product management Clay Bavor and engineering director Jeremy Doig are leading the VR team, which includes “tens of engineers,” according to the WSJ report. Like Android for mobile phones, the VR version will be available for any virtual reality company to integrate into its headset.

David Coz and Boris Smus demonstrate Cardboard at Google I/O. David Coz and Boris Smus demonstrate Cardboard at Google I/O.

Bavor helped create Google Cardboard, a stripped down virtual reality headset actually made from cardboard. VR goggles can actually be made from very inexpensive components — in the case of Cardboard, just two lenses and a cardboard case that straps in a mobile phone. The phone itself, which presents two nearly identical images on a split screen to give the impression of a 3D virtual world when viewed through the…

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