A new set of virtual headsets called the Virtual Reality Headset is set to hit the market this year, with Google’s new VP of product design John Hanke revealing at the GDC event that the company has plans to sell hundreds of thousands of headsets by the end of 2018.
Hanke was speaking about the company’s upcoming VR headset, Google Glass.
Google Glass has been available since the end-of-year launch of the device, which allows users to project their digital images on the display of their smartphones.
Google’s VP of Android product management told me that Google Glass is “coming to the Windows platform very soon” and that it will be “coming very soon to the Android platform.”
In the past, Google has been known to ship products like Google Glass in limited numbers, but this is the first time that it has gone ahead with a mass release.
The first Google Glass release was in October 2016, and Hanke said that “at least 100” Glass units have shipped worldwide.
According to the VP, the company is currently working on a “next-generation” version of Glass that will include better augmented reality capabilities and will eventually support augmented reality content.
In other words, Google hopes to eventually bring Glass to other platforms like the Xbox, the PlayStation and the Oculus Rift.
While Google Glass was the company to release Glass in the first place, Google also has other products that are designed to run on Android.
In the past two years, Google have released several devices that are powered by Android and run on the same operating system.
Google has also released a number of third-party Android smartphones that run on an Android OS that is called Android Wear.
According a spokesperson for Google, Google is already working with third-parties like Asus, Acer and Motorola to produce “next generation” Android smartphones.
“We’re going to continue working on our Android partners to ensure they get the best software and hardware, including with the new Android Wear,” the spokesperson told me.
Google is also working with the HTC team to build a new version of the Nexus line of smartphones that will be available in a few months time.
The HTC team is working with Google on an open platform that allows third-level OEMs to offer a smartphone for Google that will run Android Wear-powered devices, and Google will be able to support that handset with Google Glass as well.
If you’re interested in the new Google Glass product, you can check out our in-depth report from last year.