Google's relationship with Udacity over the last year has led to several fantastic Android developer Nanodegree programs, and today the two companies have announced a new direction for their partnership. Anyone looking to get a quick, meaningful education in the world of VR development can sign up for the new Virtual Reality Developer Nanodegree program available starting today. According to Google and Udacity, the Nanodegree focuses on:

  • Mobile phone-based VR and Desktop VR
  • Game engines
  • VR design and user interaction
  • 360 media including immersive imagery, 360 video and spatial sound
  • Performance and ergonomics
  • VR platforms, including HTC Vive, Google Cardboard (Android + iOS), Daydream and Oculus Rift


This is a highly anticipated continuation of the focus on VR seen at Google I/O this past year. Google's efforts in VR extend well beyond enabling developers to support Google Cardboard and Daydream thanks to support from Unity 3D and others. With the overall goal of making it possible for developers to make a single VR experience available on multiple platforms, it's clear there's a lot happening to ensure Google's Daydream platform has plenty of quality support when it is released.

With Google's VR SDK already available and this Nanodegree empowering new developers, there are surely high hopes for Daydream. The timing of this release may mean Daydream isn't going to be available alongside the launch of Google's new Pixel phones, but we'll have plenty of details on that front after the launch event on October 4. Until then, break out the virtual textbooks and build something cool for VR!

Sign up for the VR Developer Nanodegree at Udacity!