Google experimenting with VR ad formats on mobile devices at Area 120

Researchers at Google’s experimental unit, Area 120, say they’ve built their first version of a digital advertising format designed specifically for mobile, virtual-reality applications.

The unit showed a prototype of the still-nameless product in a blog post co-authored by Google product manager Aayush Upadhyay and associate project manager Neel Rao.

The demonstration video showed a cube floating inside a VR app that can be clicked to activate a digital ad.

Google and rival Facebook are racing to develop such ads, expecting developers to create a flood of apps that use the technology.

“Our work focuses on a few key principles — VR ad formats should be easy for developers to implement… and useful and non-intrusive for users,” the research pair said in the post.

Area 120 has released an early stage software developer kit for use in building VR apps, the post said.

Source: CNBC

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