Android N may have expanded support for virtual reality
Google planning to to tap into virtual reality capabilities by the help of its Android developers in Android N.
According to Ars Technica about Android N:
The second Android N Developer Preview contains references to “VR Listener” and “VR Helper” apps, as well as a permissions warning informing users that a given app “will be able to run when you are using applications in virtual reality mode.”
Complete details of this VR mode aren’t yet clear, but a February report in The Wall Street Journal said that Google was tweaking Android to work better with VR devices ahead of launching its own smartphone-compatible headset, which would follow the Cardboard initiative and may be announced at the company’s annual I/O conference next month.
One mooted possibility is for VR apps to disable the phone’s auto-lock mechanism so that it doesn’t switch off after sitting in a headset for a while.
Google also said to be working on a standalone headset that doesn’t require a smartphone or PC to function.
Android N includes built-in support for 3D Touch-style pressure sensitivity, a split-screen mode for tablet multitasking, and revamped emoji. Google released the first developer preview last month, and anyone with a recent Nexus device or Pixel C can sign up for over-the-air updates.
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