A conference attendee looks through "Cardboard," a viewer
A conference attendee looks through "Cardboard," a viewer that enables the user to view content from a smart phone in 3D, during the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, California May 28, 2015.REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Google I/O 2016, a conference for developers, is all set to kick off next week. The search giant is expected to make several announcements, including on new products and software, at the event. Now, it has emerged that one of the products that will steal the attention of the people is a standalone Android VR headset.

The technology giant's annual I/O 2016 conference will start on May 18 and end on May 20. The much-hyped Android N operating system will be announced at the event. The firmware has features like multi-window operations, bundled notifications, direct reply notifications, efficiency and improved Java 8 language support.

Former tech journalist Peter Rojas has tweeted that the standalone Android VR headset will be announced next week, and it won't be as powerful as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. 

The success of Cardboard, which cost $15, seems to have motivated Google to go for something bigger and better. The upcoming standalone Android VR headset, however, is also expected to be cheaper than HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Samsung entered the mobile VR space with the Gear VR, and more tham 1 million users are on the platform. The Gear VR, which comes with a price tag of $99, has been made available for free by select carriers with Galaxy S7 pre-orders.

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