Google’s forthcoming Android N software has support for two new virtual reality (VR) apps, which could mean smartphones running the platform will work with newly released VR headsets.
The VR Listener and VR Helper apps were found buried within code for Android N, which was released to developers earlier this year.
There are also prompts for users to give permission for apps to run ‘in virtual reality mode’.
While details remain unclear at this time, there are suggestions that Google is either looking to improve its basic Cardboard VR offering, or has plans for its own headset to challenge Samsung’s smartphone–friendly Gear VR product.
Either way, the inclusion of support for VR in Android N is testament to how fast the technology is gaining ground in the smartphone world, after a year which has seen gaming VR kit launched by HTC, Sony and Oculus.
Android N is not due out officially until the end of the year, although Google is likely to reveal more details about the updated platform at the I/O event next month.
It has already revealed that the software offers improved battery life and split-screen functionality.
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