Google is ending help for its Expeditions digital actuality app. The app, which supplied academic VR excursions, will likely be faraway from iOS and Android app shops on June thirtieth, 2021. “The majority” of its excursions will likely be migrated to Google’s separate Arts & Culture app, letting customers view them through internet or cellular machine.
Google revealed the information in a weblog put up that was noticed by 9to5Google, and it framed the choice round making Expeditions excursions extra accessible to college students in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve heard and recognize that immersive experiences with VR headsets are not always accessible to all learners,” writes Jennifer Holland, Google’s director of training program administration. “As Arts & Culture will offer many of the Expeditions tours, we’ll no longer support the Expeditions app.”
Google launched Expeditions for its Cardboard VR viewer in 2015, and lecture rooms may get containers of Cardboard headsets for “virtual field trips.” Its excursions included 360-degree panoramas capturing museums, festivals, and far-flung wonders of the world. But Google has since retreated from VR. The firm discontinued its Daydream VR platform and made Cardboard an open-source group mission final yr.
Expeditions is faring higher than Daydream, because it’s being folded into the bigger Arts & Culture app — house to sundry novelties like a Van Gogh photograph filter and a instrument for matching your selfie to well-known artworks. You may even view some Arts & Culture content material in Cardboard. But it’s not a prominently featured choice.
Google is additionally ending help for the Tour Creator characteristic, which let folks make their very own excursions in Expeditions. Tour Creator will not be obtainable after June thirtieth of subsequent yr, however Google will let customers export the belongings from their current excursions within the coming months. More particulars can be found on the Expeditions website.
Update 4:30PM ET: Added further element about exporting excursions earlier than the shutdown.