Google today announced that it’s ending help for Expeditions. The VR app will even be pulled from its personal Play Retailer and Apple’s App Retailer in June of subsequent yr. In a blogpost somewhat confusingly titled, “Increasing Google Arts and Tradition with Expeditions,” the corporate notes the 360-degree excursions captured for the venture will survive — however shall be moved to Google Arts & Tradition.
Director of Program Administration, Training, Jennifer Holland, says the choice was made to make the content material extra accessible to college students and educators.
“Partaking college students within the classroom has taken on a wholly completely different which means this yr. As faculties around the globe reimagine schooling from the bottom up for a hybrid world, we’ve additionally been considering deeply about modify our instruments to satisfy the second and concurrently construct for the long run,” she writes. “We’ve heard and acknowledge that immersive experiences with VR headsets should not all the time accessible to all learners and much more so this yr, because the transition to hybrid studying has introduced challenges for faculties to successfully use Expeditions.”
The content material shall be included alongside Arts & Tradition’s museum excursions and different content material, accessible without spending a dime to all customers. That, no less than, is a small win for lecturers and fogeys who’ve struggled to maintain up children’ schooling within the face of a pandemic that has contributed to main faculty closures.
Notably, the information comes just a little over a month after Google introduced it will be ending help for the ill-fated Daydream VR platform. Launched 4 years in the past, the venture was an effort to carry low-cost digital actuality that failed to achieve its potential.