By Simon DenyerThe Globe and MailPostedMarch 10, 2020 8:03:24The giant internet giants Google and Alibaba are in advanced talks with Beijing to set up a joint venture to develop a new technology that would allow people to create and share a wide range of applications, with a focus on messaging and video chat.
The companies are hoping to partner with China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
to build a platform for the creation of online social and collaborative applications, which they are calling “virtual reality,” or VR.
The companies would also like to partner in the creation and distribution of VR content and games.
The idea is to create a global platform that would connect billions of people to each other through a wide variety of social and other applications, such as social media, video chat and online commerce.
The new platform would not be connected to the existing platforms for uploading, uploading and downloading photos, videos and other media.
Alibaba has already developed a version of a mobile application that uses QR codes to track users on Facebook and YouTube.
Alibaba hopes the VR platform would be similar to that, but the company said it would not have control over the software or hardware.
Alibaba would be in charge of marketing the VR application, which would be developed by a Chinese team that includes an Alibaba team based in China, according to a statement from the companies.
Alibaba and Google’s VR efforts have not yet been fully publicized.
But they have been working on the technology for years, and both companies have been investing heavily in the nascent industry.
Alibaba recently announced a $2 billion investment in a Chinese video-chat platform called Taobao.
Alibaba also has plans to invest $1.3 billion in VR video-game maker Leap Motion, which it bought for $600 million in April.
But the companies’ VR projects have been mostly shrouded in secrecy, with the Alibaba team staying mum about its progress.
Alibaba said the project will not include any artificial intelligence.
AltspaceVR, a Chinese social networking site, is the latest of the big names in VR to launch.
But the platform’s creators have been slow to publicly announce the company’s VR plans.
“We have been doing a lot of research and developing VR software, but we have not announced our VR strategy to the public,” said Taobaos founder and CEO Zhang Yixing, who also founded a VR startup called AotearoaVR in 2011.
Alibaba’s Taobais also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Google declined to comment.
Alibaba declined to provide any details about its VR plans, including how much it has invested or where it is working.
Alibaba, the world’s largest Internet company by market value, is investing heavily, according of its financial statements, in developing the Chinese market.
Altoid, the French online shopping platform, has been trying to get into VR for years.
Its latest version of the VR experience, called Google VR, was released in October.
Its initial VR version was a free trial.
But after several complaints, the company launched a paid version that is still free.
The VR project is not the first time a Chinese company has been involved in VR.
A similar project in Shanghai is currently in beta testing.
The Alibaba team in Shanghai, meanwhile, has already built a VR app called Taotai, according a Chinese blog post.
Alibaba is not alone in its VR efforts.
In 2017, Japanese gaming company Playdead announced a VR headset that it called Virtual Reality 2.0, and this year it released an app called VR-Ready for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.