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Google Partners With LG Uplus on VR Content

Google partnered with with YouTube and immersive media company VR Scout to launch a global series of VR180 training academies - known as VR Creator Lab

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In line with its drive to make virtual reality (VR) content more accessible to people around the world, Google has entered into a partnership with South Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus Corp.

LG Uplus on Friday said that it would set up a fund with Google to invest in VR content, Yonhap news agency reported.

The agreement, made during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held here from January 8-11, is aimed at investing in the development of VR content during the first half of the year, LG Uplus said.

The content will be viewed through LG Uplus platforms and Google-owned global video streaming service YouTube.

LG Uplus will be responsible for the planning and production of the VR content and commercialisation rights in South Korea, while Google will acquire global distribution rights through YouTube, company officials said.

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– The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain. VOA

Over the past few year, Google has taken several initiatives to make VR content more popular on YouTube.

To make it easier and less expensive to create in VR, the tech giant introduced the VR180 format.

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Google partnered with with YouTube and immersive media company VR Scout to launch a global series of VR180 training academies – known as VR Creator Lab.

It launched the first “VR Creator Lab” in Los Angeles in June 2018, and soon brought to Europe. (IANS)

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‘Inbox’ App by Google Shutting Down in April

Earlier this week, Google said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months, seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google is shutting down on April 2 its email app “Inbox” that gave users options like advanced filtering, message snoozing and more visual organisation.

The search engine giant first hinted at bringing the app to an end last year, but it was not until recently that the users started seeing a more specific shutdown date, GSMArena.com reported on Tuesday.

“‘Inbox’ is shutting down. We are saying goodbye to ‘Inbox’ at the end of March 2019. While we were here, we found a new way to email with ideas like snooze, nudges, smart reply and more. That’s why we have brought your favourite features to Gmail to help you get more done,” reads the desktop message that pops up while logging into “Inbox”.

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However, an iOS-only email client named “Spark” will be launched for Android right around the time Google retires “Inbox”.

“This, according to the tweets it has been replying to Inbox users on Twitter. Perhaps ‘Spark’ will be able to fill a void that will be left by ‘Inbox’,” the report said.

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Earlier this week, Google said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months, seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand. (IANS)