YouTube VR Android App Goes Live On Google Play Store

Google released the YouTube VR app on Thursday. The new application, which will be available only for Daydream View users will make every video Virtual Reality (VR) capable and according to the official app description in the Play Store, “reimagine YouTube as a 3D world you can explore from inside.”

Owners of Google’s VR headset will be able to explore the 3D VR setting and watch both 3D 360 videos and standard rectangular videos. They will also be able to view subscriptions, playlists and watch history in VR once they are signed in.

The app will have a specialized “Theater mode,” which will let users experience “spatial audio” — audio that will be processed to create a real world effect. It will vary depending on the depth and distance of the user’s line of sight.

Videos will stay front and center and will allow users to switch between voice and keyboard controls for ease of usage. Users can also browse the YouTube library while watching a video just like they do in the regular YouTube app. As of Nov. 10, Google Play Store lists the app as having 500 to 1,000 installs.

Google has been working on enhancing VR experience for users ever since it announced VR video support for YouTube in 2015. The company introduced 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio in April and announced that it was working on the YouTube VR app in May.

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