Facebook hires Hugo Barra to lead VR efforts

Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team. Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”. “They [VR and […]

Google launches Daydream VR service

Google has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps. The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel […]

China’s Xiaomi to invest $1bn in content

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is planning to invest US$1 billion in acquired TV programming. Xiaomi, which is the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker, has also hired Chen Tong, the former chief editor of web service Sina, as VP for content investments. He will work with director of internet TV products Chaun Wang on the push. The […]