Google building spin-off Android OS for virtual reality



Google is working on an entirely new version of its Android operating system designed as a virtual reality platform.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the search engine giant has assembled a team of engineers to build the spin-off OS.

The Android-based system will power virtual reality applications, with ‘tens of engineers’ and other staff already coding the system.

The article points out that this won’t be a forked version of Android Lollipop designed to run on a VR headset. Instead, this will be a distinct and independent piece of software based on the Android ecosystem.

It’s set to be entirely open source too, which means OEMs will be able to produce their own tweaked Android VR ROMs for future devices.

Google reportedly hopes to mimic the success of its smartphone Android platform. Latest counts put current Android mobile devices in use at somewhere over one billion globally.

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