While some apps like Netflix and Spotify aren’t going to release a visionOS-compatible app immediately, others are working on taking an early seat on the mixed-reality roller coaster that Vision Pro is. Most recently, the popular video-conferencing platform Zoom has come up, announcing that it’s making an app for the upcoming headset.
Zoom’s visionOS Version To Arrive With Several Features
Zoom’s visionOS app will be available starting February 2, 2024, when Vision Pro becomes widely available. The app “seamlessly blends video conferencing with users’ physical space, blurring the lines of in-person and remote meetings,” the platform mentions in the official press release. The app will utilize the exceptional audio and video system on the headset.
Further, Zoom is also launching a couple of new features with its visionOS app. First, during video meetings, users will appear as their 3D avatars or Personas. Along with the general look and appearance, Personas will also copy users’ facial expressions and hand movements, much like the FaceTime app for Vision Pro does. Then, the Spatial Zoom feature enables users to scale the Zoom window to any size.
Later This Year, Users Will Also Get 3D Object Sharing And Zoom Team Chat
While Personas and Spatial Zoom will be available with Vision Pro’s launch, some features will roll out later this year. These include 3D object sharing, Zoom Teach Chat, and Real-world pinning. As the name suggests, 3D object sharing will enable users to share three-dimensional files in the context of an environment. The feature should be handy for animators or game designers.
While Zoom Team Chat will enable Vision Pro users to communicate with each other, real-world pinning will let users pin up to five Zoom Meetings participants anywhere in their physical space, with the option to remove the background of the pinner user. This should, as per Zoom, help users “feel more connected to the people in the meeting.”
Is Vision Pro Facing A Sluggish Developer Interest?
According to a report by App Developer Magazine, several factors contribute to the sluggish developer interest in Vision Pro. First, there’s a limited headset supply, which costs a whopping $3,499, much more expensive than a flagship smartphone in 2024. Further, optimizing a two-dimensional interface to one that should utilize the three-dimensional environment around it requires a solid amount of research and resources.
The recent App Store commission and restrictions situation could also be at play here. Nonetheless, despite the limited interest, Vision Pro still has several apps on board, including Disney+, ESPN, Prime Video, Carrot Weather, Zoom, and Telegram. Per the report, the number of apps specifically built for the headset stands close to 200, which should rise in the coming days as the headset reaches more users.