Google officially ceases its daydream view VR headset by announcing the “open-sourcing” of the software of cardboard VR. They already made the cardboard VR viewer downloadable to anyone by posting its specifications. In October, Google opened up for the software, as well. They launched a daydream view kit along with the first Pixel phone in 2016. They shipped more than 15 million cardboard units. Many other smartphones, including Samsung, added support for a daydream view. However, Google’s Pixel 3A itself was not compatible with a daydream. This year, no new smartphone was consistent with the VR. Hence, google decided to release the software as open source. Anyone can make it compatible with the apps.
Google launched the simple cardboard VR viewer 5 years ago to make VR experience readily available to anyone. Cardboard played an essential role in VR experience through YouTube and expeditions. People were able to afford the cardboard VR easily. Developers created VR experience in both android and iOS with the help of Google’s VR software development kit. The cardboard VR reached millions of people. However, the usage of cardboard VR reduced after a while. Google actively stopped developing VR SDK. Nevertheless, the usage of VR is still consistent in education and entertainment. That is why Google made it open-source and accessible to everyone.
Now, the developers can make their apps compatible with the VR cardboard. Google said, “It is a small contribution from us to developers who wants to continue the development of VR experience for users.” Google is also releasing the APIs and libraries into the open-source VR software. Also, they are releasing the QR code library to make the pairing of VR to devices independent of the cardboard app. This open-source model will help developers expand and add support to new smartphones. Google has promised to keep contributing to this open-source project by releasing new features, including SDK for unity. They said they are excited to see the future of VR cardboard.