As HTC shifts focus to virtual reality, executive teases upcoming mobile VR headset

These are not the best days for HTC. The Taiwanese company has been stumbling for quite a while, both financially and in the eye of critics and consumers. One thing seems to have paid off, however: its VR efforts. That’s why, as per a CNET interview, the company is looking forward to progressively shifting its core business to that…

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Daydream Keyboard hits the Play Store, shows what manual text input is like in virtual reality

While Daydream headsets are not yet available, the first Daydream-ready phones will be available starting next week. Yesterday, Google published Daydream Keyboard on the Play Store showing the “on-screen virtual reality keyboard for text entry in Daydream applications.”

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Starbucks’ new virtual barista AI will soon let you order via voice or message on Android, Amazon Alexa devices

Starbucks is rolling out a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista that will let customers order drinks with voice commands by speaking to a virtual AI barista, the company announced today in a press release. The feature will be arriving to Android devices later this year and is also coming to Amazon Alexa and Echo via a new Reorder skill. 

On top of speaking to the virtual barista to order drinks by voice, users can also send text messages to the AI and order that way if preferred:

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President Obama impressed with his virtual reality experience using a Galaxy S7

We’ve seen Google Cardboard and other virtual reality solutions put to use in a variety of situations thus far, and now President Obama has gotten to experience the technology for the first time. As detailed by Inverse, Obama was in Hannover, Germany recently touring a technology trade show and had the opportunity to try out a virtual reality headset made by PMD paired with a Galaxy S7 and an “external 3D camera to provide both digital immersion and reality alteration.”

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Android N and VR hints – Is affordable virtual reality the future of Android?

Android N is on its way, and as each new Developer Preview is released, we get a clearer picture of what Google has in mind for its next (and future) versions of Android. One major, albeit fairly inconspicuous drive is one towards a mobile-based VR platform, but one that everyone can access. Within Android N, we finally see some actual evidence that — at its inner most core — going forward the smartphone platform is going to be built for Virtual Reality.

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Upcoming Pokémon Go update adds a virtual ‘Buddy’ that gives you in-game bonuses


Niantic has shared the first details about one of the “new and exciting” features coming to Pokémon Go. Similar to how characters in the television show have Pokémon that wander alongside them, you’ll soon have a Buddy Pokémon that explores the real world with you and provides bonuses.

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Google is taking applications for creators to test the Jump virtual reality rig

Project Jump is Google’s committal to making virtual reality go mainstream by making it cheaper and easier for anyone to produce VR video, and as reported by TechCrunch it’s going to let a lucky few take a Jump rig for a spin this summer. The company has a form up where interested creators can explain why they deserve to be one of the lucky few – it’s two pages long with some basic biographical questions and an essay section.

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