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Chrome 56 for Android Adds WebVR API, Limited Time Expedited Google My Business Verification

The WebVR API in Chrome 56 for Android in beta provides access to the input and output capabilities of virtual reality (VR) devices such as Daydream View available today Dec. 13.

Additionally, it enable web apps to render a stereoscopic 3D scene to the headset’s display with access to user’s position and orientation.

Web developers interested can sign up for an Origin Trial which enables the WebVR API and GamePad API extensions, that “provide access to input from motion controllers, such as the Daydream controller, and enables natural interactions in VR,” writes Google.

“Origin Trials allow a developer to temporarily enable the feature for all Chrome users visiting their website.”

In future releases of Chrome, WebVR will be extended to desktop platforms and Google Cardboard, and “several performance improvements are coming in Chrome 57,” Google said.

For tutorials and samples, to get started with building your first WebVR web app, visit the WebVR developer site.

In other news, Google today began piloting a new way ‘Reserve with Google’ to help easily book fitness and wellness classes.

To book a fitness class, visit the Reserve with Google site on desktop or mobile web, currently only available in Los Angeles, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the coming days, you’ll be able to search from Google Maps and Google Search, as well.

Reserve with Google on Google Maps and Google Search

Google is offering expedited Google My Business verification for a limited time. From now until the midnight on Friday the 15th, businesses in the US and Canada can avail fast track Google My Business verification.

Interested businesses, can fill out this non-intrusive form, Google will than review the form for eligibility, and verification of your business will be done within 5 days of submitting the form. Once verified, Google will either send a confirmation email, or let you know the issues need to be addressed, Google said.

Expedited verification is not being offered for agency listings or bulk submissions.

It’s time again to look back at the trends of the last 12–months that defined the year— in the year in Google Search 2016, the trending terms in the U.S. topics from “Powerball numbers, Politicians and athletes, Pokémon Go, Quinoa and Budweiser, Slime and… mannequins,” made up in 2016.

And in the search terms like David Bowie and Prince, Beyoncé and Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Lin-Manuel Miranda), information on Brexit, Zika, Orlando and Brussels,” brought up this year.

For more dive into the google.com/2016 list from around the world.

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