Google CEO promises 11 Daydream VR-compatible Android phones by the end of 2017

Google Daydream may soon work with a larger number of phones, beyond the handful few it is currently compatible with.

Google Daydream may soon work with a larger number of phones, beyond the handful few it is currently compatible with.


VR and AR capabilities will undoubtedly turn into a must have feature on smartphones, as the tech gathers pace in the mainstream. Only a few years ago, headsets that take you to whole new worlds and immersive virtual realities were entertained only as gimmick gadgets in sci-fi productions, and no one could even begin to picture a VR-capable smartphone.

But only few years later, big-name tech manufacturers are in a tight competition to deliver devices that are capable of offering as real a virtual experience as imaginably possible, and do not feel heavy or unnatural on your face.

Google’s Daydream View headset that was released in the last quarter of last year is one such device, praised for its affordable price and lightweight design. The device is intended to work with Google’s Daydream VR platform and compatible smartphones to give Android fans the opportunity to experience the world of VR.

For now, though, Daydream View works only with a handful of phones, which makes it a bit limiting, but not as limiting as, say, Samsung’s Gear VR that only works with Sammy’s phones. Speaking of Samsung phones, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagships actually started receiving an update today that adds Daydream support to the handsets. Apart from these, Daydream is also currently compatible with the following devices: Google’s Pixel phones, Moto Z, Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, ZTE Axon 7 and Asus Zenfone AR.

Nonetheless, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement during Alphabet’s earnings announcement yesterday, promising that there will be 11 Android smartphones that integrate with the Daydream VR platform and the View headset by the end of this year. This means that some Android enthusiasts could soon be able to stick their phones into the View device and trip into the virtual realm, as they clutch onto the touch controller that accompanies the headset.

Exciting news indeed, but before you get super-duper excited, make sure you check if Daydream is supported in your country of residence, as Google has not yet expanded it to countries, such as Mexico or some smaller countries in Europe.

via: TheVerge

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8 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Both AR and VR are here to stay, and both offer different experiences. AR is great for having the real world with the virtual world seen on top. Whereas VR is great for a fully immersive experience, where you want to be drawn into a virtual world. They both have their pluses.

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Who will use Daydream it's limited and small Gear vr the biggest platform VR.

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Gear VR is great, I tried it and was really impressed, but it's limited to Samsung phones only, which sucks.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's only since the new Gear VR 2 that Samsung added a 3 degrees of freedom controller which is similar to Daydream's controller. This is why the S8 is compatible with Daydream VR now. Also Daydream can also use Steam VR games as well. Btw the largest amount of VR users is Googles Cardboard with around 25 million users now.

3. foreverNOOB

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Let me guess... Samsung Note8, Lg V30, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Zte Axon8, Nokia8, Asus Zenfone 4 Deluxe, Huawei Mate 10, Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and another ones maybe Nokia 9.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My S8+ got an update today but no mention of Daydream, only improved camera and wireless charging stability

5. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Does anything even care about daydream for phones? Even with the 4k screens, adding a lens that needs to be adjusted every time doesn't translate into a good experience. I'm alot more interested in the stand-alone daydream headset which have screens build in designed for VR experiences.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Consider the fact that most of us have smartphones nowadays. For just $80 more you are getting a really good VR experience. Especially when you also getting a 3 degrees of freedom controller. That brings one controller that has similar controls that are found on the Rifts or Vive's. I know the Oculus Rift and Vive offer room scale and use cameras to figure out where the controllers are. I have a Rift myself, as well as an S7,S8, Pixel XL, PS VR, and a number of different Cardboard headsets. So I know a thing or two about VR. Btw you talk about 4k displays, which would definitely be a higher resolution experience. But as it stands today the Rifts and Vives actually have lower resolution displays than a smartphone with a QHD display. Let alone the new WQHD displays found on the new S8's.

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