10 Best VR Apps for Google Cardboard

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Virtual reality (VR) is becoming a big deal and with the participation of big players such as Facebook, Google and Sony, virtual reality is rapidly gaining popularity. These companies have headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and others on the market, but none of them come close to Google Cardboard in terms of affordability. Here are the best VR apps for Google Cardboard.

Cardboard Theater



Cardboard Theater is one of the best Google Cardboard apps out there. It allows you to watch your 2D and 3D movies in a virtual cinema without any problem. The app also includes several video codecs and is quite easy to use as well. If you want, you can use the 360 ​​and 180 degree video content as the app supports these formats as well. Overall, it's a very solid option for those looking for simple video player apps for Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard App is the official Google app you'll need to set up your Google Cardboard experience. It also offers some VR experiences and you can use your videos, photos and other VR content stored on your smartphone. One of the highlights of this app is that it comes with a directory of VR apps and games that will let you explore new things. The only problem with this app is that its last update was in 2016 but the app is working fine and you should give it a try.

Cardboard Camera

Cardboard Camera is another very useful Google Cardboard app that lets you take VR photos in VR. The app is very easy to use, you don't need to register, just open the app and start using it. However, you will need to dedicate some time to taking good photos. After a short learning curve, you will be able to capture good photos with it. The application is completely free and you should try it.



Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions is an educational app from Google designed to be used in the classroom to teach students. However, you can use it anywhere and use more than 200 expeditions available in the app. The app comes with the different destinations, landmarks, landforms, waterscapes and number of other places. Additionally, the app also offers a 360 degree mode which you can use without Google Cardboard. You can also use Google Cardboard with the app for an immersive experience. Overall, Google Expeditions is a great app and you should give it a try.

Full VR

Fulldive VR bills itself as a VR browsing platform and will help you find tons of useful VR content on the web. The app includes a built-in VR video player, VR browser, and VR video support from YouTube. In addition, it also includes a market for taking virtual reality images, applications and games. Overall, Fulldive VR is a great app that provides access to tons of VR content.

Google Street View

Google Street View is one of the most popular apps and is the cousin of Google Maps. The app was recently updated with VR content and now provides a 360 degree view of various landmarks, roads, addresses and many other locations. You can use Google Cardboard to view your surroundings. In addition, it also provides access to virtual reality content posted by other people. Overall it provides a fun experience, you should give it a try.


Sketchfab

Sketchfab is another educational app that has both AR and VR elements. In the application you can check a lot of things, learn new things and play with a variety of animations. Additionally, it also has a library of 2D and 3D animations that you can access and a collection of over 2 million models. You can use Google Cardboard with the app in a fun way. The app is free and you should give it a try.


Trinus Cardboard VR

Trinus Cardboard VR is another VR app that lets you play games. It works when you connect the app to your smartphone and PC with Google Cardboard. The app provides the VR environment where you can play your computer games. You can use Cardboard-style VR controllers and headsets. You can use the app for free, but if you want, you can also opt for the pro version, which is available for €8,99. Overall, the app is good, but it's still buggy and we hope the developers fix it as soon as possible.


VLC

VLC for Android is one of the most popular video players and runs on VR-specific features. The beta version of the app includes features specific to virtual reality. It will be deployed sooner or later in the main application. VLC is a very comprehensive video player that supports a host of video codecs and lets you stream live streams if you have the URL. The app is also open-source and completely free to use. If you want to use the VR features, you need to sign up for their beta program.

Youtube

YouTube is the biggest video sharing platform on the planet and also has a huge collection of virtual reality content. The platform offers thousands of VR-specific video content and channels, where you get all types of content from entertainment videos to educational videos. Moreover, the platform is also free to use, but it comes with ads. If you want, you can remove the ads by opting for the YouTube Red version which not only removes the ads but also unlocks some additional features.


Conclusion

Virtual reality has incredible potential and there is still a long way to go. In the meantime, you can use these apps with your Google Cardboard. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. You can also consult the best free apps for android on our website.


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