Virtual Reality or VR isn’t far from reality anymore. Technology has helped make the impossible possible. A VR headset covering your head and eyes, and you can be transported to another world within seconds. A world that’s full of moving life, thrilling experiences, and lots of excitement and fun.
And there’s literally no end to what all you can achieve with a VR experience. A real-time bike or car racing involvement just sitting on a chair, flying high in the sky like a free bird as you recline on your couch, and even dining in the air or surrounded by wildlife! The VR technology can surely outnumber your wildest imagination here. You think of it and you can experience it as well as real.
It is Possible to Use VR Apps on Android SmartPhones:
Technology has gone a step further and brought this experience for you right in the palm of your hand. With everyone these days becoming hugely obsessed with VR and longing to experience it just once, it’s now available in the form of an app. And you can download this on any platform on any device. Google, Facebook, Samsung, Apple, all of them have taken a dive in this domain.
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10 Best VR Apps for Android (2023)
Android is currently one of the most commonly used platforms, we present here a list of the top 10 VR apps which can be easily downloaded on Android for free.
1. Google Cardboard
This is the most popular Android VR app running in the market at the moment. It’s also one of the two official VR apps offered by Google for the Android platform. This app is specifically designed for Android users to give them a clear idea of setting up the VR headset and the basic VR features by Google Cardboard. So essentially you need this app on your phone to understand how to use the other Cardboard VR-supported apps for Android.
2. YouTube VR
This is another of the frequented VR apps for Android. The prime advantage for users: YouTube comes pre-installed on most devices so additional download required and it’s free of cost too. YouTube’s VR playback feature takes the whole VR experience a level higher by allowing you to enjoy a cinematic experience for all your favorite YouTube videos.
3. Google Daydream
This is the second official VR app by Google after Google Cardboard. In order to enjoy a VR experience on this app, you’ll need a Daydream-compatible phone though in addition to a Daydream View headset.
4. Fulldive VR
Like its name, this app would let you take a full dive into the world of VR videos, games, and movies. And you can do so much more too – browse through the web, store all your photos, even take 360 degree pictures and videos with its VR-enabled camera. The app successfully runs on any Android headset – Oculus, Daydream, and Cardboard.
5. New York Times VR
This one is specifically for news lovers, offering them an up the notch experience in news delivery. Daily news updates from the world over, ranging from 30-second snippets to full-length news coverage. Whether it’s weather forecasts you’re after or the latest fashion news, you’ll get everything here. Moreover, you need not worry about spending up your mobile data too; you can first download the videos you wish to watch and then see them later offline in your own time.
6. InCell VR
This is an educational game designed for children, with the intent to let them know a bit about the human body and its cells in an entertaining platform. You’d be required to play the role of a human defender in this game set in the 2100s time plot. You’ve been shrunk to fit inside a human body and your objective is to go around the whole body, fighting off flu virus on the way. You also get to learn so much about human biology as you play along.
7. Minos Starfighter VR
One of those typical futuristic space shooting games but with exciting features on offer for the Android platform. You get a chance to become a space fighter pilot fighting alien enemies from space. The USP of the game lies in its larger-than-life images, graphics, and remarkable sound quality – all of which succeed in making the whole experience surreal.
8. Netflix VR
One of the best movie-watching experiences on your Android VR app, this one gives you two different types of movie-viewing experiences. One, where your media content remains static, known as rustic living room experience. And two, where you literally feel yourself taking a dive into your TV set or movie; the content moves in accordance with your eye movement. This is called void experience.
9. VR Thrills Roller Coaster 360
A totally thrilling and once in a lifetime experience to remember. You actually get to feel being on board a roller coaster and experience the adrenalin rush while sitting indoors. There are more than 360 pre-recorded videos of roller coasters designed on basic 3D models. Download today and get the thrill.
Go to any place on the globe with Expeditions app on your Android. It’s perfect for student learning as it allows common trip-sharing experience with small classroom groups using VR headsets. You can literally take tours to more than 900 places around the world.
VR vs. 3D Television:
While many still argue that VR apps are pretty much the same as 3D TV and might just end up the same way as the latter, the reality is far from this. Yes, one similarity between both the concepts is that both require wearing headsets to get the experience. However, the basic, which is also the most important, the difference between the two technologies is the feeling of being immersed in the experience.
3D TV works on letting the user wear headsets and watch images on the other side of the screen in a larger-than-life way so that your brain knows what exactly is happening. But in VR, the whole virtual experience can literally be felt in real-time even though part of you knows it’s unreal.
This is the power of VR – letting you immerse in the whole experience and feeling it for real as though it’s actually happening right in front of you. And this is made possible by super-real graphics of high quality, surround sounds, and HD images.
VR apps are here to stay, despite the argument that they may pass away as a fad. There is no doing away with the ecstatic experience they have to offer, that too free of cost, not at least for a few years to come.
Ashtosh is a Senior 3D Modelling & Graphics designer with 11 years of experience specializing in Virtual Reality development, He holds Masters in 3D Visualization from University of Texas and a Certified designer.