Social Media

VR social network comes to Google Cardboard

vTime users are able to "meet up" with other users in a variety of exotic locations.
vTime users are able to "meet up" with other users in a variety of exotic locations.

The world's first virtual reality social network, vTime, is now compatible with Google Cardboard.

The app was launched by Starship, a UK-based innovation studio, late last year. It was initially only available to users with the Oculus Rift or Gear VR headsets.

vTime can now be downloaded to a range of Android smartphones to work with Google's low-cost and widely available Cardboard headset. Google has shipped over five million viewers worldwide.

The social network lets users create a lifelike custom avatar and then talk in real-time with up to three other users in a selection of virtual locations. Since launch, it has attracted over 10 000 users in 150 counties.

"vTime is the first truly 'sociable' network on mobile VR," said Starship CEO Martin Kenwright. "Unlike conventional social networks, where you spend time mostly with your PC, tablet or phone, vTime is about spending that precious time with family and friends."

Users can locate existing friends easily by connecting vTime with social media accounts, or searching by name or e-mail address. There is also a random match feature.

All that is needed to make use of the app is a compatible smartphone, the Cardboard headset, and earphones with a built-in microphone.

vTime is available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Samsung Note 4, Samsung Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G3, Samsung S3 and HTC One M9.

vTime Cardboard launches with a feature called 'Magic Window' that allows users to use the social network without a headset. "After firing up the app, users can select Magic Window and vTime straight from the handset ? handy for quick sessions when you don't have your Cardboard or Gear VR headset with you," said the company.

The app can be downloaded free from the Google Play Store here.

Read time 1min 50sec
Lauren Kate Rawlins
ITWeb digital and innovation editor.

Lauren Kate Rawlins is the digital and innovation editor at ITWeb. She made the move to online journalism after a stint with broadsheets in Durban. She now writes about the different ways businesses are embracing digital transformation, how small start-ups are disrupting big industry, and how the machines are slowing taking over. She investigates the far flung corners of the web and interrogates the algorithms our social lives revolve around. She researches emerging technologies and puts into words how 21st century living, more and more, resembles a scene in a science fiction novel.

Have your say
a few seconds ago
Be the first to comment