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Google pulls the plug on Expeditions VR app, migrates tours to Arts & Culture – TechCrunch

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Google today announced that it’s ending help for Expeditions. The VR app may even be pulled from its personal Play Retailer and Apple’s App Retailer in June of subsequent yr. In a blogpost somewhat confusingly titled, “Increasing Google Arts and Tradition with Expeditions,” the corporate notes the 360-degree excursions captured for the venture will survive — however shall be moved to Google Arts & Tradition.

Director of Program Administration, Training, Jennifer Holland, says the choice was made to make the content material extra accessible to college students and educators.

“Partaking college students within the classroom has taken on a completely completely different that means this yr. As faculties around the globe reimagine schooling from the bottom up for a hybrid world, we’ve additionally been pondering deeply about alter our instruments to fulfill the second and concurrently construct for the long run,” she writes. “We’ve heard and acknowledge that immersive experiences with VR headsets should not at all times accessible to all learners and much more so this yr, because the transition to hybrid studying has offered challenges for faculties to successfully use Expeditions.”

The content material shall be included alongside Arts & Tradition’s museum excursions and different content material, accessible at no cost to all customers. That, not less than, is a small win for academics and oldsters who’ve struggled to maintain up youngsters’ schooling within the face of a pandemic that has contributed to main faculty closures.

Notably, the information comes slightly over a month after Google introduced it could be ending help for the ill-fated Daydream VR platform. Launched 4 years in the past, the venture was an effort to convey low-cost digital actuality that failed to succeed in its potential.

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Brian Heater