Chrome for Android now includes WebVR API support

Get ready for Daydream web browsing.

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Way back in 2014, Google announced it would start supporting virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard natively within Chrome via the WebVR platform. After a few updates and a big commitment to VR at this year's I/O conference, Google is finally ready to open up that WebVR API to developers looking to build immersive experiences into their web apps.

According to a post on the Chromium from Google's "Virtual Reality Plumber" Brandon Jones, the latest beta version of Chrome for Android includes an Origin Trial that enables both the WebVR API and GamePad API extensions developers will need to access the position and orientation data from equipment like Google's Daydream View headsets and Daydream controller. Although there's only support for Android and Daydream at the moment, Google says desktop VR platforms and Google Cardboard will be supported in the next version of Chrome.

For developers hoping to build a little more 3D into the web, Jones points you to the WebVR developer site for tutorials and examples, or the Chromium bug tracker for feedback on the Chrome implementation specifically.

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