Google Daydream is the VR platform for android N.
This past May, Google had already announced that it would be launching a series of games and programs for Daydream when it was first revealed at Google I/O in Calif.
Daydream is Google’s answer to incorporating a virtual reality platform into its Android mobile system. The Verge reported that a majority of Google’s partners for the VR platform have already committed to creating mobile phones that will be compatible with Daydream.
Users will be able to use headsets and a handset motion controller that will be able to connect to select mobile devices.
Bloomberg revealed that investments had been made towards 360-degree videos and short films in addition to the requisite VR video games. A Bloomberg reporter, Lucas Shaw, also revealed that the applications of the service had the potential to extend VR capabilities into real estate or retail.
Google has partnered with a number of major companies and brands to ensure the virtual reality experience isn’t short of anything awe-inspiring. Bloomberg confirmed that Hulu will be launching in partnership with the company, as well as YouTube, Netflix and HBO, among others. At I/O, Google also announced that outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and CNN would partner for launch. YouTube stars like Justine Ezarik and the Dolan Twins will be part of the virtual experience as well, TechCrunch reported.
The tech site also reported that Daydream will most likely be launching to coincide with the launch of the new Android phones. The headsets and controllers are sure to follow.
So, Daydream consists of three components: a headset, a controller, and software like apps and games.
The Daydream View headset is a much more comfortable and practical approach. As well as headsets that meet Google’s Daydream specifications, Android smartphones must also match optimal settings to be called Daydream-ready. Manufacturers are yet to announce specific devices, Google’s own new smartphones, the Google Pixel (reviewed here) and Google Pixel XL (also reviewed), are both compatible thanks to being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor – currently the only chipset to be certified. The list of other manufacturers that have so-far committed to releasing Daydream-ready phones includes Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus and Alcatel. The same manufacturers could well have their own headsets in the pipeline, but none have yet been announced. As well as the Daydream View headset there is also a specific Daydream remote control, which comes with the Google device. It is designed by Google and enables users to interact with apps without having to tap the side of the headset – as in the case with the current Samsung Gear VR – or fiddling with other on-headset controls.
The Google Daydream app launched in the Google Play Store on 10 November. This app serves as the main hub for Daydream View headset. With it, you can find and play with Daydream-compatible apps installed on your phone. You will also have access to Google Play Store to download other apps and experiences. Feel free to use it, you will have good expenrience!