In the past, we have seen a quite a few rumors suggesting Google is working on its own VR headset. And if a report emerging from Financial Times is to be believed, Google may launch it this year itself. The rumored Google VR headest will be a successor to the Cardboard VR and is said to be a direct rival to the Samsung Gear VR headset.

The report mentiones that the Google VR headest will feature “better sensors, lenses and a more solid plastic casing.” As for the competing with the Gear VR, Google’s VR headset is rumored to support various smartphones regardless of their manufacturer. While in the case of Samsung’s VR headest, it works only with Samsung flagship smartphones.

Other than the hardware, Google is also said to be working on a new Android VR technology. This technology will bring the native support for VR in Android and thus removing the need of third-party apps like Cardboard for experiencing the VR content. Additionally, it is said that the new VR technology will help in reducing the latency which is considered as one of the causes of nausia among the users.

The report hints at this year’s launch for the Google VR headest which is most likely to happen at the Google I/O 2016 scheduled from May 18-20 in Mountain View, California.