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Technology New smartphones and a virtual reality headset: Oppo shifts up a gear

13:00  11 december  2019
13:00  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Google is discontinuing the Daydream View VR headset, and the Pixel 4 won’t support Daydream

  Google is discontinuing the Daydream View VR headset, and the Pixel 4 won’t support Daydream The app will still be supported on older phones“There hasn’t been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we’ve seen decreasing usage over time of the Daydream View headset,” a spokesperson said. Although the system had potential, “we noticed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution,” said the spokesperson. “Most notably, asking people to put their phone in a headset and lose access to the apps they use throughout the day causes immense friction.” That echoes similar complaints about Daydream’s biggest competition, the Samsung Gear VR.

Smartphone maker Oppo has announced a pair of augmented reality glasses, and stated they will be released during the first three months of 2020. Oppo ’s AR Glass headset is part of an effort to expand beyond only making smartphones , and was revealed alongside plans for a smartwatch and an

Virtual Reality is a fascinating way to travel using nothing more than the power of technology. With a headset and motion tracking, VR lets you look around a virtual Google and Samsung still offer phone -based VR headsets in the form of the Daydream View and the Gear VR, and even Nintendo

Make no mistake, Oppo has revved up its technology for 2020. On the occasion of the Inno Day 2019 conference in Shenzhen, China, Oppo demonstrated its cutting-edge tech to the international press with a presentation that included numerous innovations. These included a new smartphone and prototypes for augmented reality headsets.

a close up of a logo: The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the first smartphone to ship with one of the new-generation chips from Qualcomm.© Courtesy of Oppo The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the first smartphone to ship with one of the new-generation chips from Qualcomm.

The major news of the event was the Reno 3 Pro: the first ever smartphone to ship with one of Qualcomm's new generation of 5G-compatible chips.

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is powered by the SnapDragon 765G, which has an onboard 5G modem.The manufacturer announced that the smartphone could offer up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. Not surprisingly, it also features SuperVOOC 2.0 ultra-fast charging technology, which allows it to be fully charged in half an hour. With regard to photography, it has a four-camera module on the back with zoom and an ultra wide angle lens. The device will soon be available for order in China and the launch date is set for December 26, however, no information was disclosed on a future launch in Europe.

Phone-based VR is officially over

  Phone-based VR is officially over Google Daydream is dead, and the Gear VR’s days are numberedDaydream was announced in 2016, following up on Google’s simpler phone-powered Cardboard headset. At that point, Google projected having “hundreds of millions of users” on Daydream-compatible phones within a couple of years. In 2019, though, not a single current-generation phone supports it. There simply “hasn’t been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we’ve seen decreasing usage over time of the Daydream View headset,” a spokesperson told The Verge.

A virtual reality headset is a head -mounted device that provides virtual reality for the wearer. Virtual reality (VR) headsets are widely used with video games but they are also used in other applications

Smartphone virtual reality headsets (a.k.a. mobile VR, VR viewers) include VR handheld viewers: these basic VR devices don’t offer head straps, so virtual reality is experienced via the mobile device being attached to the VR viewer and held up to the What is a virtual reality smartphone headset ?

Oppo also took advantage of the event to unveil a prototype smartphone without a notch, but with a frontal camera placed directly under the screen.

Moving on to other devices, Oppo also announced that it would soon be launching a smartwatch and wireless headphones, probably in the first half of 2020, with a view to creating a comprehensive in-house product range,  along the lines of what is on offer from the world's leading smartphone producers.

Finally, the real surprise was the presentation of an augmented reality headset, still in the prototype stage, which is adapted to both games and services. The Oppo "AR Glass" is an autonomous device equipped with several cameras and sensors that enable it to evolve in a 3D space mixing reality and virtual elements. Oppo wanted to demonstrate its expertise in this field, in defiance of giants like Samsung and Apple, but for the moment the headset remains a prototype and there are no plans to bring such a product to market.

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December 10, 2019

Oculus Go gets a permanent price cut to $149 .
You won't have to wait for a short-lived sale to score an Oculus Go below its original $199 asking price. Facebook has confirmed to Engadget that it has permanently dropped the price of the 32GB stand-alone VR headset to $149 (64GB is now $199), with "comparable discounts" in every country where the Go is available. The new pricing is "rolling out to all channels," it said. You can already see the new price at Amazon, Best Buy and the Oculus Store, and it won't be surprising if other stores already reflect the price drop as well.The Oculus Go offers a very basic VR experience.

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