It looks like Google’s low-cost virtual reality headset has been a moderate success for the company.
According to a recent blog post, Google has shipped more than 5 million Cardboard VR viewers just 19 months after the project’s initial launch. The company also notes that nearly 25 million Cardboard apps have been downloaded since the VR headset’s release.
Google says Cardboard’s top five apps are Chair in a Room, Crse, Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue, Caaaaaard-board! and Proton Pulse. In terms of statistics related the headset’s use, 350,000 hours have been spent watching YouTube content via Google Cardboard, and over 750,000 VR photos have been snapped.
The moderate success of Cardboard likely encouraged Google’s parent company Alphabet to open its own dedicated VR division, which could indicate the company has plans to develop a high-end VR headset designed to compete with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive. Google recently revealed that Clay Bavor, the company’s vice-president of product management, will take the helm of Google’s recently created VR division.