It seems that Google wants to go much further than Cardboard apps, there are already those who point out that it is preparing a version of Android designed to work in virtual reality. Facebook and Oculus are betting very heavily on this technology and it seems clear that Google does not want to miss the train.
We read in The Verge that sources from the Wall Street Journal claim that Google has put dozens of engineers led by Clay Bavor and Jeremy Doig to work on a version of Android for virtual reality applications. Clay Bavor has already worked on Cardboard, an application that has received more than a million downloads since its launch. Google has not wanted to comment on this, but surely John Carmack’s work on the Oculus Android SDK has not gone unnoticed, which puts the mobile in a special mode for virtual reality taking control of the device in part and redirecting the Android calling and messaging system.