Daydream is Google's VR-ready platform for Android N and the near future

Daydream is Google's VR-ready platform for Android N and the near future
On stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Google didn't announce the rumored Android VR headset. But it did have something remarkable to show to budding virtual reality enthusiasts, and this is a new platform called 'Daydream'. Designed for smartphones, headsets, controllers, and app developers, 'Daydream' will be part of the upcoming publically-named Android "N". The platform will enable handset makers and game developers partnering with Google to take advantage of an unified set of specifications and programming interfaces and have an easier time creating new VR applications. Daydream-certified smartphones and devices will conform to certain standards, ensuring adequate VR performance.

The likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, and Xiaomi are on-board with the program, and so are major game industry players like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. By itself, Google has developed a reference VR headset design for prospective makers of VR goggles, along with a simplified VR remote control which uses two buttons, a touch-sensitive surface, and a motion sensor to provide basic navigation and gaming controls. The company showed a quick demo with lovely Nintendo 64-like visuals, hinting at the nice things that will not come today, but surely will tomorrow.

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6 Comments

1. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Didn't they already use the name "Daydream" for the feature that allowed lockscreen widgets?

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Daydream were the screensavers, if I remember correctly. And no one cared about them.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So we're looking for a mobile phone to offer an excellent VR experience, despite their utter lack of resources to do so? And instead of optimizing your OS to get a better experience (throughout the entire package) without putting a V8 into a phone chassis, Google is more worried about making SAO on your Nexus a reality (pun intended). Never ceases to amaze how little actual guidance Google harbours for this platform.

4. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Dissagree. VR will be huge. I believe it will be used to control your phone at its base level eventually, so you can say this is optimization, right? What's SAO

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

A famous Anime/Novel series.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Android N is bringing tons of optimizations It arguably has more optimizations than new features e.g. *Vulkan *VR Mode *Electronic display stabilization (AKA Time Warping) *JIT and AOT hybrid compilation *Improved Doze *QUIC being used by Duo (Skype/FaceTime competitor) http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-N-preview-at-Google-IO-goes-over-performance-security-and-productivity-improvements_id81251

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