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Google ships 5 million Cardboard virtual reality devices

Google said that 5 million units of the Google Cardboard viewer have been shipped since its launch. Google Cardboard is a wearable device that allows users to experience virtual reality through mobile apps on their phones.

tech Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:45 IST
The company, which launched the Cardboard viewer a year and a half earlier.
The company, which launched the Cardboard viewer a year and a half earlier.(Google)

Google said that 5 million units of the Google Cardboard viewer have been shipped since its launch. Google Cardboard is a wearable device that allows users to experience virtual reality through mobile apps on their phones.

The company, which launched the Cardboard viewer a year and a half earlier, said on Wednesday that there had been 25 million downloads of Cardboard apps from its Google Play app store.

Google has been exploring virtual reality for a while but the company dived into the concept this month by setting up a new division for virtual reality computing.

Read more: Google has a division dedicated to virtual reality

Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook Inc bought in 2014, started accepting pre-orders this month for its much-awaited headset, Rift, which will ship in first quarter.

Read more: YouTube to support virtual reality video on its app

Google said in November that its video-sharing site, YouTube, supported virtual reality videos.

Viewers can watch virtual reality videos using a mobile device and the Google Cardboard viewer.

Google said more than 350,000 hours of YouTube videos had been watched in virtual reality.