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Google Snags Vine GM For Future VR Endeavors

January 25, 2016 - Written By Justin Diaz

Virtual Reality seems to be all the rage right now, and how long that will last is anyone’s guess, but for the moment it’s a hot topic and one that everyone seems to doing at least a little bit of work in. Just a couple of weeks back Google announced they would be creating a new VR division with Clay Bavor as the helm to oversee things, and now the GM and Director of Product at Vine (Twitter’s company responsible for short those looping videos) Jason Toff has announced that he’s leaving Vine to join on at Google and work on VR.

This announcement follows the recently discovered new job postings from Google that state they’ll be working on new VR hardware, so it’s possible that Toff could be joining Google to work with Bavor and the VR team to bring the new hardware forward, although Toff didn’t mention any specifics in regards to his career change, just that he’s excited about all the potential of working at Google on virtual reality technology.

While new VR devices from Google are certainly exciting to think about, they’re merely one company in what seems like a sea of other companies diving into VR tech. HTC firmly believes that VR is now more important than smartphones for them, and they just might be right, dumping plenty of time and effort into the development of the upcoming HTC Vive headset that they’re working on in partnership with Valve. Meanwhile, it was recently discovered that Samsung is now working on a virtual reality movie studio in New York. This just goes to show how important VR might actually be for the technology industry right now, and just how quickly we might begin to see some actual new hardware in the space ranging from commercial to consumer devices. Now that Google is complete with a brand new division dedicated to VR and VR alone, along with a person to run the teams and a search for new people to fill those teams, it seems Google is finally ready to start building their own VR hardware which could rival that of the Gear VR and other headsets being worked on.