Google is closing its support for its VR field trip app Expenditures. The app which provides educational VR tours will be withdrawn from Android apps and iOS on the 30th of June, 2021. “The majority” of its tours will be moved to the separate Arts and Culture app of Google, allowing users to view them through mobile devices or web.
Google disclosed this news in a blog post that was seen by 9to5Google, and it formulated the verdict around creating an Expenditures tour more available to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The writeup of the director of education program management of Google
Here is what the director of education program management of Google, Jennifer Holland wrote:
“We’ve heard and recognized that immersive experiences with VR headsets are not always accessible to all learners. As Arts & Culture will offer many of the Expeditions tours, we’ll no longer support the Expeditions app”.
Google also released Expeditions in 2015 for its Cardboard VR views and classrooms could receive boxes of Cardboard headsets for “virtual field trips”. Here is what is included in its tours:
- 360-degree panoramas capturing museums as well as
- Far-flung wonders of the world.
Google to shut down its VR field trip app Expeditions
However, Google has retreated from VR since. The company as well stopped its Daydream VR platform and created an open-source community project last year, Cardboard.
However, Expeditions is doing well than Daydream. The reason is that it is being bent into the bigger Arts & Culture app. “home to sundry novelties just like the photo filter of Van Gogh, as well as a tool for matching Cardboard. But it is not a highly featured option.
The company to end support for the Tour Creature feature
Google is as well as stopping support for the Tour Creature feature, which enables people to create their own tours in Expeditions. Tour Creator will not be accessible again after the 30th of June, 2021.
However, Google will still allow users to export the assets from their current tours in the coming months. You can check for more details on the Expeditions site.