Google VR SDK for Android

Google VR SDK for Android

Google released the Google VR SDK and NDK. With this, Google plans on bringing virtual reality to the mobile masses by allowing developers to easily implement VR apps. While VR support for both desktops and mobile are supported in engines like Unity, we will just be focusing on Android Studio development here.

The Google VR SDK for Android supports both Daydream and Cardboard, including a simple API used for creating apps inserted into Cardboard viewers, and the more complex API for supporting Daydream-ready phones and the Daydream controller.

The Google VR NDK for Android provides a C/C++ API for developers writing native code.

Developers familiar with OpenGL can quickly start creating VR applications using the Google VR SDK, simplifying common VR development tasks such as:

  • Lens distortion correction.
  • Spatial audio.
  • Head tracking.
  • 3D calibration.
  • Side-by-side rendering.
  • Stereo geometry configuration.
  • User input event handling.

Google is also keeping the hardware and software open to encourage community participation and compatibility with VR content available elsewhere.

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