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Google’s virtual reality Expeditions app is going away, but it’s not bad news

 

There’s a long history of Google pulling the plug on products that aren’t working. But that’s not what’s happening with Expeditions.

The virtual reality project that was announced in 2015 had only good intentions. It was conceived as a way to let educators take students on virtual field trips to places that would otherwise, for whatever reason, be tricky to visit. It was meant to be widely accessible, with support for the then-young budget-friendly VR platform, Google Cardboard.

Now, a Friday blog post from Google’s Jennifer Holland (h/t The Verge) confirms that support for the Expeditions app is ending, and the app itself will no longer be available after June 30, 2021. The content isn’t disappearing, though. Holland confirmed that “most” of it will be migrated over to the Google Arts & Culture app as 360-degree experiences. Read more…

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