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New job listings hint at Google building its own VR hardware


Cardboard may be just the tip of ’s iceberg.

That’s because a series of job postings hint that may be building its own VR hardware, which would give consumers an alternative to ’s Gear VR or the Oculus Rift. 

Google is a big fan of , bringing it to the masses with its Google Cardboard. But discussions with multiple hardware vendors at CES found a common theme: Cardboard’s broad availability made it worth supporting, but it won’t match the same type of experience as a true VR-crafted hardware.

Google has shown with its Pixel C and collaboration with other vendors on its Nexus phones it can craft good hardware. Much like it did in the initial days of , it may want to give this new technology a hardware boost by getting involved directly.

The story behind the story: Google recently did some shuffling internally to create a virtual reality division, and now it looks like the company wants to fill up the ranks. Perhaps we’ll see more light shed on this at Google I/O this year, which will be held outdoors at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. This leads us to believe that VR and the company’s ambitions into 360-degree photography may be on full display.

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