Daydream with Google’s new VR device

The technology has come a long way since the virtual reality ( was discovered. Still, it is pretty new and Google has come up with a totally compelling new device which will support the latest Android phones to present much better mobile VR experience. Back in May, 2016, Google announced Daydream View VR will be available in this fall which has been unveiled by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O event in London on 4th October, 2016 along with Google’s new Pixel phones, Chromecast Ultra and Google Home. This new virtual reality headset from Google has officially launched recently on 10th November, 2016 for $79.

Daydream View is Google’s latest attempt at bringing VR to mobile devices, and it’s a step up or the evolution of Google’s popular Cardboard VR. It is not just a headset, but also a controller and part of Android 7.0 Nougat which makes it more robust in terms of vision. According to Google, Daydream View provides consumers with a better optic experience by using an alignment system of conductive knobs which helps to align the pixels. But what sets the product apart is its palm-sized controller which gives the user full freedom. That’s not all, though – the Daydream headset also includes a small Bluetooth remote having basic features such as buttons and navigation. Importantly, the headset and phone get synchronized wirelessly.

According to Google, existing smart phones will not be compatible with Daydream VR headsets but the company has named eight hardware partners who will make Daydream-ready phones – Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel. On other hand, Huawei has committed to making Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers too and brands like Netflix, HBO, The Wall Street Journal and Electronics Art confirmed to join Daydream. The ZTE Axon 7 is the first smart phone announced to be Google Daydream-compatible along with its very-own VR headset, the ZTE VR.

Google Daydream will play apps and games from the Play Store making it easy to find experiences to use on the headset. According to Google, by the end of 2016, they will be listing 50 apps and games on the platform including Fantastic Beasts as well as an app called Star Chart, allowing you to explore the solar system as you look around. Consumers will also be able to watch YouTube and Netflix videos in the virtual theatre, plus, users will be able to create playlists in VR, and it also supports spatial audio. It also supports Google apps such as Street View, Google Play Movies, YouTube 360 videos along with apps such as New York Times VR app, Hulu, HBO and much more.

Google also mentioned it spent a lot of time with YouTube to help it build a catalogue of VR content in time for the launch. Currently, the device is only in one colour, Slate and Crimson and Snow, will be available later. All headsets are made of soft cloth and foam, with a plastic frame.

Where the other headsets rely on PCs, Google is completely focused on mobile VR bringing VR to the masses. Daydream View is really a significant development from Google and a good atep forward from Cardboard.

Sundar Pichai wrapped up the event saying, “Our goal is to build a personal Google for each and every user just like we built a Google for everyone.”


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