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Overview of Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a simple and economical way for users to dive in and explore the immersive experience of virtual reality using their smartphone. Virtual reality is gaining mainstream interest, and the accessibility and affordability of Cardboard will play a significant role in VR continuing to reach new audiences and new markets.

What is Google Cardboard?

Google Cardboard is an inexpensive handheld device that powers a virtual reality (VR) experience using almost any smartphone running Cardboard-enabled apps.

You need only 3 things to use Google Cardboard:

  • Cardboard viewer: The “hardware” that is used to view VR content with a smartphone
  • Smartphone: Typically supplied by the consumer
  • Android app: Created by third-party developers - learn more about developing for Cardboard

The Cardboard viewer itself features:

  • Holder/enclosure for smartphones with screens up to 6 inches that assembles (and disassembles) in just 3 steps
  • A button for performing actions with Cardboard-enabled apps, designed to work with most smartphone
  • High-quality lenses made of durable material
Not all viewers work with every phone. To see whether your phone will work with a specific Cardboard viewer, check the viewer's website.
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