Galaxy S7 Edge spotted running Daydream VR

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first official Daydream-ready smartphones out there. Why official? Well, because the ZTE Axon 7 was boldly announced as the first Daydream phone earlier this year, but things didn't exactly pan out as intended, since the phone is still on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Daydream requires 7.0 Nougat and up to run. Still, Google's new VR platform is not as Pixel-exclusive as you may have thought, as people have got it up and running on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

A video surfaced on YouTube a couple of days ago, showing the S7 Edge (Canadian Exynos 8890 version) performing respectably well at running Google's new virtual museum app. Not much else can be gleaned from the video, however, and information is scarce at the moment, as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are neither technically Daydream-ready devices, nor do they run Nougat officially. Samsung last week launched a beta program, allowing S7 owners to get early builds of the new OS, but a final release is probably still months away, so the user who uploaded this proof of concept video is probably enrolled in the beta program.

Although quite apt, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are technically not “Daydream-ready”, as such phones are required to not only be able to run apps for the new platform, but also meet certain performance targets. Google will likely not go out of its way to actively prevent users from running Daydream on non-supported devices, but doing so in the first place may not be a good idea to begin with.

It is currently unknown how well the Galaxy S7 Edge, or any other unsupported devices that may be able to run Daydream in some form, would perform under heavier workload for prolonged periods of time, but overheating, GPU and CPU throttling, as well serious deterioration in short-term performance, are all to be expected depending on the device.

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1. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So EXCEPT for the fact that the S7 Edge is on 6.0 (with beta 7.0), what makes the S7 Edge not suitable to be 'DayDream Ready'??? Looking at most of the "Ready" devices, the S7 Edge matches them and is even better in many aspects than them.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Snapdragon claims only the S821 can handle daydream, maybe it's something to do with sustained performance. Sounds more like an excuse to make people get a pointless upgrade

3. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, and if true that means that no mainstream Qualcomm SOC phones other then the Pixels will qualify right now.

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Sounds a bit odd, especially since, just like gear VR the VR itself is not the main 'heavy' factor, but the load the game or whatnot brings is, VR video's shouldn't be a problem for anything, newer VR games? I don't see it being a problem for SGS7 and SGS7 edge, however a newer chip would naturally be more powerful, so could handler newer stuff more easily, and saying their 'newer' product can do it better, is not a lie as such, but it isn't the whole of the matter either.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source? The ZTE Axn 7 (820) is getting Daydrean support

4. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Seeing as how the Axon 7 is a Daydream ready phone with a Snapdragon 820 (just like the US S7's), not sure why they are saying that the 821 is the only chip that can handle the load of Daydream :-/

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Newer phone can do stuff better. And it also means that they won't catch problems from people complaining about their 820 not being able to handle it if there are issues those users would have.

8. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

how about the galaxy S8 lol

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