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01/27/2016 12:46 pm ET

There Are 5 Million Google Cardboards Out There

Virtual reality is in more hands than you might have realized.
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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google said it had shipped 5 million units of the Google Cardboard viewer, a wearable device that allows users to experience virtual reality through mobile apps.

The company, which launched the Cardboard viewer a year and a half earlier, said on Wednesday that there had been 25 million downloads of Cardboard apps from its Google Play app store. 

Google has been exploring virtual reality for a while but the company dived into the concept this month by setting up a new division for virtual reality computing.

Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook Inc <FB.O> bought in 2014, started accepting pre-orders this month for its much-awaited headset, Rift, which will ship in first quarter.

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