Facebook tests support for Android apps on Oculus Quest

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Facebook appears to be testing Android app support for the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 VR headsets. A YouTube user noted that several Android apps have appeared in the Preview Apps section of the Oculus Store. The test was first noticed by YouTube user TheMysticle, who writes on Twitter that there are several apps on the Quest 2’s Oculus Store.

 

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These appeared in the Preview Apps section of the digital store. Oculus typically puts apps and games there that are still in a pre-release phase and often intended for beta testing of native apps for the Quest headsets, RoadtoVR also writes .

 

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Images from TheMysticle showcase several Android apps in the Oculus Store, including Spotify, Zoom, TikTok, LinkedIn, ProtonMail, and Snapchat, in addition to Android games like Among Us and Candy Crush. The information screen of these apps would say ‘Android Apps For Quest‘, the YouTube user writes. In a YouTube video , he confirms that the apps have now been removed from the Oculus Store.

 

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The chief technical officer of Oculus, former id Software CEO John Carmack, suggested last year that he would run Android apps on Oculus Quest headsets. In November he wrote on Twitter that he continues to argue for this at the top of Oculus. He did so in response to a question from a Quest 2 user. He stated that he did not win the internal debate about such support ‘so far’.

 

 

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The Oculus Quest and Quest 2 are stand-alone VR headsets, which use an Android-based operating system to run apps and games, without the need to connect the headsets to a PC. This makes it possible that the VR glasses could run Android apps, although that has not yet been officially confirmed. Facebook, the parent company of Oculus, has not yet commented on TheMysticle’s images and claims. Tweakers have questions about this at Facebook and Oculus.

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