Google has made quite a few VR and AR related announcements today at Mobile World Congress. First, the company said that it has shipped more than 10 million Cardboard viewers worldwide since its launch in 2014. Combined, Cardboard apps have been downloaded 160 million times on Google Play, and 30 of these apps have more than one million downloads.
Google also shared a few stats about the Daydream headset. On average, people are using it for about 40 minutes per day. The headset is currently compatible with six smartphones, and there are about 100 different Daydream apps available, with more coming soon.
It looks like Daydream users particularly love video in VR, as it is the top category of entertainment on Daydream. YouTube is the most popular app in terms of time spent and number of users, as it offers a bunch of 360 videos people can enjoy watching.
If you’re a Daydream user, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now watch even more premium VR video content. Google announced that the Sky VR app is now available, which offers a bunch of 360 videos including those from Sky’s partners like Star Wars: Red Carpet, Anthony Joshua — Becoming World Champion, and others.
In addition, the online search giant has announced that there are now three new augmented reality (AR) experiences available for Tango-enabled smartphones. The Sims app lets you walk around and explore the Sims house, Chelsea Kicker places a Chelsea football player in your space so you can take a picture with him, and WSJ AR allows you to visualize stock trends.