T-Mobile says Daydream VR capability is now live on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it's not


Google and Samsung have promised to bring Daydream VR support to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this year. Unfortunately, since the announcement doesn't contain any explicit timeframes, it's almost impossible to guess when Daydream support will arrive on Samsung's flagships.

However, it appears that U.S. carrier T-Mobile jumped the gun on the matter and confirmed that the last week's update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ added Daydream VR support. It's the same update that blocked Bixby remapping apps and added June security patch.

Sadly, Daydream support on T-Mobile's Galaxy S8 and S8+ does not work yet, even though the carrier added it in the official changelog. For starters, the Daydream app in the Google Play Store doesn't show up for the T-Mobile version of Galaxy S8/S8+.

Even if it's sideloaded, the app doesn't completely install on the phone, and you'll receive an error saying that you're using an “incompatible phone.” That being said, it looks like T-Mobile made a mistake when it added the “Daydream capability” mention in the update's changelog. Or, perhaps Samsung hasn't made all Daydream support components available to T-Mobile customers yet.

In any case, Daydream VR support will eventually come to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at some point this year. Hopefully, the next time we report on the matter, the feature will actually work on these phones.

source: T-Mobile (1, 2) via AndroidPolice

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6 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Nonsense, my T-Mobile S8 and my wife's S8+ both received automatic "Google VR Services" updates 2 days ago, which is... the Daydream app. So yes, the T-Mobile S8 (+) now DOES support Daydream and actually installs it automatically too. Not sure where you are getting your facts.

2. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

3. nikhil23

Posts: 468; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Ever heard of "updates roll out in batches" ? I'll order a daydream headset right away and wait for ATT to push update

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Anyone getting a "Error: title is not specified" message when they try thumbs up a comment?

6. KingSam

Posts: 1468; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Yep. Been happening for a few days.

5. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

I have google VR but daydream is not compatible with my T-Mobile S8+..... Oh well still got my Gear VR to play around with....

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