Web Browsing Coming To VR Headsets, AR Coming To The Web Via Chrome

Google has decided to bring the Chrome browser to virtual Reality (VR), as well as augmented reality (AR).  On the second day of I/O, at the end of their morning keynote, Google made some announcements that were tied to Chrome that were interesting for the future of the mobile web.

Previously, Google had authored a web VR spec tht allows developers to create VR (360-degree) experiences for their browser.  Google had said that they were bringing the full Chrome browser to VR headsets.  For conventional web pages, you’ll experience the typical 2D experience.  But when used in the headset, the web VR will be fully immersive.  Wb video will be transformed into a large screen experience.

User bookmarks and history are going to be accessible in the VR headset Chrome experience too.  This will become live “later this year” on Chrome for Android.

The more significant ting is that Google said they are making AR available through the Chrome browser. Mobile apps permit users to have AR experience today, and the news here is that these experiences are going to be brought into conventional web pages in the browser.

Below is an example of an online feature shopping scenario where AR was able to insert various virtual objects into a person’s home:

Google promises the developers that the could “easily integrate AR features” into existing websites.  But this is built into an experimental version of Chrome, which isn’t really available.

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