YouTube VR app for Android goes live in the Play Store

YouTube VR app for Android goes live in the Play Store
Virtual Reality (VR) is the technology of the moment, as companies are trying to brings new products that can offer consumers more immersive experiences.

Google isn't going to let the VR train leave the station without jumping aboard, so the search giant has decided to enable some Android users the possibility to experience VR technology.

The new YouTube VR application that has just been released on the Play Store, turns every video on the Android platform into a virtual experience and reimagines YouTube as a 3D world that users can now explore from the inside.

Keep in mind though that for the time being, this VR experience will only be available on Daydream View, though Google implies that it might extend to other devices as well.

The Android app allows users to watch and browse videos on YouTube, from 3D 360 videos to standard rectangular videos. YouTube VR comes with a specially designed “theater mode” as well, which can be used to watch any standard video on a virtual big screen.

While it's clear that Google is getting serious about VR, we're not sure that having a separate YouTube app just for VR videos will contribute to the unification of the Android platform. Perhaps it would have been just a good to have these VR-related feature implemented into the standard YouTube application, in a different category.

Anyway, if VR experiences are your cup of tea, and you own both a Daydream View headset and a Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, then you can go ahead and try our the new YouTube VR app for Android.

source: Play Store



5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Anyone knows which are the compatible devices? Not working on my Nexus 5.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5832; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It requires Daydream support Only the Pixels at the moment Probably several 2016 phones once they get Nougat I've heard the Axon 7 will get Daydream support

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Saddly for me Nexus 5 won´t get Nougat, a pity, because I would have loved to use it from time to time. Thank you!

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That's nice.... But I still don't plan on buying a pixel.

1. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

The current YouTube app should just give you the option to watch videos in VR, rather than have a separate app for that experience. Google seems to like having separate apps for similar things (Messenger, Duo/Allo, Hangouts, and now YouTube/ YouTube VR)

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It actually does it as a channel, you only have to look for the "360 video" and subscribe to the channel. The same channel can be installed in Google Carboard too.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Aditionally Youtube supports VR for videos not filmed in 360 as soon as you are watching them in a smartphone, just go to the menu and select "carboard".

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