Thanks to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) – now you can explore the whole world if you have an access to a cardboard and an Android phone. Yes, you are definitely hearing it right. The Android variant of Google’s well known Maps app has got a virtual reality mode that works along with Google Cardboard. With the help of this, you can take a virtual trip through a city next to yours without having to leave home for the same. It has been announced by Google this week and this news has created a great buzz in the tech world.
The very new VR Maps experience can be checked out by simply opening the Street View on your device. You then need to double tap the refresh icon situated on the right end of the screen. The phone will need to be placed inside Google Cardboard in order to experience the virtual reality fun. Once you have an access to it, you can even view Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is the tallest building in the world.
The Google Cardboard cannot be ordered directly from Google but it can be made possible by the guidelines given by the web giant. The pre-assembled cardboard kits are now being manufactured by companies like Dodocase, I Am Cardboard, Knox Labs and Unofficial Cardboard.
It has recently been launched this summer at Google I/O. There are an ample of apps that are compatible with Cardboard. All these apps can be found on Google Play. It was last month that Volvo became the first car maker to accept the new cardboard compatible app. It enables the user to experience the ride in the company’s newly launched XC90. Google also released a new “Cardboard SDK” this month that works for the developers to make it easier for them to develop the VR friendly apps.