Google released the first developer preview last month, and anyone with a recent Nexus device or Pixel C can sign up for over-the-air updates — though it's not recommended for day-to-day use.Android users worried about privacy and anonymity have been able to use Tor on their phones thanks to popular apps made by a group of digital rights advocates for a long time.
Simply put, Red Light Center is something of an adult-themed equivalent to the massively popular online virtual world, Second Life. We sat down with Utherverse CEO, Brian Shuster, to discuss the upcoming rave and to get a bit of insight into the world of Red Light Center.
Instead of flying around and visiting virtual Dell stores, however, the residents of Red Light Center get their kicks in other ways: through both the sexual experiences around which the service was based and the recent, much touted (at least on the part of game manufacturer, Utherverse Inc.) introduction of "virtual drugs." When Utherverse sent Appscout a press release that trumpeted an upcoming "Virtual Rave" (honestly, once virtual drugs are introduced, can bad virtual house music really be that far behind? The interview (transcript posted after the jump) proved incredibly fascinating.
Before launching into it, however, it must be noted that certain things should be taken with a grain of salt.
As noted by Ars Technica, the second Android N Developer Preview contains references to "VR Listener" and "VR Helper" apps, as well as a permissions warning informing users that a given app "will be able to run when you are using applications in virtual reality mode." Details of this VR mode aren't yet clear, but a February report in The Wall Street Journal said that Google was tweaking Android to work better with VR devices ahead of launching its own smartphone-compatible headset, which would follow the Cardboard initiative and may be announced at the company's annual I/O conference next month.
One mooted possibility is for VR apps to disable the phone's auto-lock mechanism so that it doesn't switch off after sitting in a headset for a while.
Google is also said to be working on a standalone headset that doesn't require a smartphone or PC to function.Android N includes built-in support for 3D Touch-style pressure sensitivity, a split-screen mode for tablet multitasking, and revamped emoji.The methods for calculating the populations of virtual worlds are notoriously muddy, as our own Cade Metz found out a while back, when writing a story about Second Life.When Shuster suggests that, at 250,000 active users, Red Light District has "many, many more users than Second Life," you can almost hear the retaliatory blog posts firing up.Read the rest of this post on App Scout: "Red Light Center Q&A: Are Virtual Drugs and Sex for You?Android developers will be able to tap into new virtual reality capabilities in the next major version of Android, codenamed N.