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Standalone Android VR headset reportedly set to be announced

Momentum is gathering behind a rumour that a standalone Android VR headset is set to be announced at the forthcoming Google I/O developer conference. A well-placed industry figure has said that he expects a device to be unveiled that does not need tethering to either a PC or a smartphone.

Peter Rojas, who is the entrepreneur-in-residence at venture capital company Betaworks, has said on Twitter that an announcement confirming Android VR will definitely be made next week. As the founder of both Engadget and Gizmodo, Rojas has well-placed sources and has worked in the industry for many years.

In response to Rojas, Nabeel Hyatt, who is a partner at the venture capital firm Spark Capital, also indicated that he had also hear talk about the existence of Android VR.

Rojas and Hyatt have suggested that whilst the Android VR headset will not be as powerful as either the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it will be more capable than the Samsung Gear VR.

[via Mashable]