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Google rumoured to unveil standalone 'Android VR' headset at I/O conference

Google is reportedly planning to unveil its own Android-powered virtual reality (VR) headset at the upcoming I/O developer conference.

The rumours come from Silicon Valley investor Peter Rojas, who claims the so-called 'Android VR' headset will be a mid-range standalone device.

Writing on Twitter, Rojas said: "Android VR will definitely be announced next week, and from what I've heard will be less powerful than the Vive or the Rift."

There were rumours in January this year that the company's VR division was being expanded, but its plans have been largely kept under wraps. Now, it seems like they're going to be revealed.

According to Rojas, the headset will be a "standalone" device, meaning it won't rely on a PC or smartphone to work.

The so-called Android VR is firmly a rumour for now, so there's no details on price and specs just yet. The Samsung Gear VR costs around £80, however, and if the Google headset has its own internal electronics, you can expect it to cost considerably more.

The Independent will be covering the I/O conference from 18 to 20 May, so stay tuned for more updates.

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