Google Chrome browser has added WebVR support for browsing the internet using Google’s Daydream VR headset. An open-source Chromium evangelist, François Beaufort announced the news via a Google+ post and said that the first set of features are available to try with the Chrome 61 update.
The post also said that the current feature allows users to view and interact with websites in VR and follow links between pages. The VR experience automatically switches between 2D and fully immersive 3D, depending upon a website’s compatibility with WebVR. In order to make use of WebVR features, users need to browse any website in Google Chrome and insert their phones into a Daydream View VR headset.
Beaufort also promised that the new WebVR features are just “the beginning” and soon more VR capabilities will make their way to the Chrome browser. The browser was recently seen testing a new feature that lets users permanently block audio for specific websites. The mute feature is an implementation that keeps a website muted even after users close a webpage and reopen it.
Google is expected to launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones at an event on October 4 . A recent report suggests that the company may also launch a new Chromebook laptop and Google Home Mini smart speaker at the event.
Google’s smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. They are expected to feature squeeze actions similar to the HTC U11. The Pixel 2 XL is expected to feature a 6-inch OLED display by LG and offer improved front-facing speakers. Both the upcoming smartphones are expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo which Google recently started rolling out. The devices will also be compatible with Google’s DayDream VR headset.