If you are in any doubt that Google is serious about virtual reality, then you only have to look at the number of Google-related announcements that are now coming through on the topic. While it is the week before Google I/O 2016 and there is always a number of rumors and reports coming though about what Google might unveil, introduce or announce, a number of the reports on virtual reality have been about structural changes in the new VR wings of Google. For instance, back in January of this year, the first hard indication of Google’s virtual reality ambition was noted when it was reported Google was creating a new virtual reality division and putting Clay Bavor in charge.
Now, we have the next high-profile change being announced. Amit Singh, up until now was part of those in charge of progressing the Google for Work platform. However, Singh has today announced that he is now joining the company’s new virtual reality team. A move which is being seen within the industry as one which will likely provide a more structured and business-like approach to the virtual reality division. Not to mention, Singh is thought to be someone who likes the challenge of newer and emerging technologies, which virtual reality certainly currently falls within. In terms of his position, Singh’s Twitter account is already reflecting the move and detailing that he has now adopted the role of Vice President of Business and Operations for the virtual reality department.
Of course, the structural and organizational elements are just one half of the news that is coming through in relation to Google and VR, as there are plenty of indications that Google is likely to announce something by way of Android VR. It is currently unclear what Android VR will encompass, although the reports on Android VR (and the interesting timing of Singh’s transition from Google for Work to Google VR), does further indicate that Google is not only serious about the upcoming platform, but are likely to make some big announcements next week. Either way, with the event slowly edging closer, it should not be too long before everything Google and virtual reality-related is confirmed.