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YouTube updates app for VR

 

YouTube has updated its Android app, the company announced yesterday, with better support for virtual reality.

The app first added an option to watch videos in immersive 3D with the Google Cardboard-compatible headset back in June. The platform already had thousands of 360-degree videos, where people could use a mouse or touch gestures to look in different directions inside the video. With the June update, those videos could be watched immersively on Android smartphones with VR headsets.

When watching a 360-degree or VR video on YouTube, a cardboard icon will appear in the bottom right of the screen. Clicking on it switches to the side-by-side VR view.

The difference between the two is that the VR videos reportedly have more depth than 360-degree videos.

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