CanCon Podcast Ep. 37: Can a Canadian VR company compete with Facebook and Google?

Sulon Q

With a flurry of new product announcements, and finally, a suite of self-made hardware, Google has finally stepped outside the frenemy zone, and in direct competition, not only with Apple, but with its own partners. Dieter Bohn of The Verge posed the question: if you’re Google, would you trust the future of the company to your hardware partners? This week, CanCon poses another one: why now? After 8 long years of Android, why did Google finally decide that now was the time for an end-to-end solution?

Beyond announcing a phone, Google also revealed a bevy of other products, among which was its latest iteration of affordable VR gear. It was not the only notable VR announcement this week, however, with PlayStation VR, Facebook-owned Oculus, and Canadian-made Sulon Q all in the news. Will VR ever truly make it into the hands of the average consumer, and if so, what will that world look like?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast,and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – speculate on if we’re headed for a snow crash.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 37 (10/11/16)

Google goes end-to-end
Pixel and Pixel XL: Hands on
The Google Phone

We are all Hiro Protagonist
WWTO virtual reality edition
Google Daydream: Hands on
Facebook brings social to VR
PlayStation VR review

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Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.