There is just a few days to go before the Google I/O, and the company has quietly released an update for its iOS YouTube app that introduces full support for Google Cardboard’s “VR mode” feature. Prior to this, only Android users were able to fully use the YouTube app with the Google Cardboard VR headset.
While 360-degrees video support was already made available on the iOS YouTube app for quite some time, the lack of Google Cardboard support means that an immersive virtual experience was almost impossible to attain. Now that the iOS YouTube app has been updated, gone are the days when one needs to first own an Android device to be able to watch VR videos on YouTube.
Following the update, content creators should expect to see a surge in viewership on their 360-degree video content on YouTube. In addition, sales of the Cardboard VR headset (along with its variants) should also see a rise. That aside, there are rumours floating around saying that Google is expected to unveil a standalone VR headset during its I/O event.
Regardless, Google’s Cardboard VR headset remains as the best option for consumers that want to try virtual reality without a hefty price tag. The iOS YouTube app with Google Cardboard support (version 11.18) is now available on the Apple app store.