Daydream to land on the Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG's next OLED-display flagship (possibly LG V30)


It was just announced at Google's keynote at I/O 2017 that LG's next flagship device, possibly the V30 which is launching later this year, will be Daydream-compliant out of the box while Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ will score support for Google's virtual reality ecosystem later this year thanks to a software update. 

Google's VR team is delighted to have Samsung's most popular devices supporting Daydream, Google's head of virtual reality Clay Bavor said on stage at I/O 2017. This makes perfect sense, as the Galaxy S8 is beyond meeting all the hardware requirements and Daydream-ready from day one.

Some of the devices that already support Daydream are Google's own Pixels, the Moto Z, the Mate 9 Pro, and the ZTE Axon 7. Having LG's next flagship in this lineup will require the latter to boast an OLED display, which is among the tech requirements for Daydream compatibility. Although LG usually puts LCD displays on its phones, it's no strangers to OLED displays - as a refresher, both the LG G Flex and G Flex 2 boasted P-OLED ones.

As soon as we know more, so will you.

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13 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Poor G6 can't keep up anymore already...

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Had the G6 featured an OLED display, then it probably would have been compatible with the Daydream platform. Shouldn't the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge be Daydream compatible as well?

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto Z and Z force are Daydream VR compatible, and they have a SD 820 SoC. They also have AMOLED displays as well. The refresh rates for AMOLED displays are much higher than LCD. The problem with LCD, is they can leave ghosting effects​. AMOLED displays don't have that problem.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I think it requires USB C, S7 kept micro USB last year.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

USB ports​ have nothing to do with Daydream VR. The current Daydream VR headset doesn't use any USB what so ever. You are probably thinking about the Gear VR headset which has the IMU built into their VR headset. The IMU for Daydream compatible devices is built into the smartphones themselves.

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Something I didn't know, I own the Gear VR and assumed the Google Daydream plugged into the phone. So I have absolutely no idea why the S7 doesn't support it other than the likely Samsung is favoring their device over Googles.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its just a connector, but are basically the same. The connector doesn't matter as long as an adapter is provided. The Gear VR for example, comes with a microUSB adapter along with one for USB Type C

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Had the G6 featured an OLED display, then it probably would have been compatible with the Daydream platform. Shouldn't the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge be Daydream compatible as well?

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep and because Samsung sells the lions share of Android deices, that means Google is riding on the popularity of Samsung devices, to make DayDream more widely available, which means the cost will also go down. Just like many companies road on the back of Windows to gain notoriety. So far I find VR tech boring. But it is early. Hopefully 5 years it will be something real great on the consumer side. I recently went to a demo on how VR/AR are used in the medical field and it is simply astounding what they can do now.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

VR hype is already on the way down. Too late. I have my Gear VR glasses collecting dust after I used it like 3 times.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I don't use mine much, don't like how warm the phone gets and how quickly it eats my battery. Need to charge my phone before and after using it which is annoying.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Would you rather the Gear VR have its own battery? If so, we should all suggest it to Samsung. Yes I agree, it does make it get hot. The battery drain isn't worth complaining about. I mean your phone is powering the VR. The phone has quick-charge. I never see why charging a phone to use it is a big deal. If the Gear VR had its own battery, it would be bigger and heavier to have on your face. I mean you shouldn't have the thing on your face more than 30 mins at a time. SO I dont see why its a big deal to charge your phone. Aren't you gonna charge it anyways?

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Would be nice if I could just use daydream apps in my gear VR.

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