Google IO 2016 Presents Daydream for VR

Google I/O 2016 came with the announcement of Daydream. This is Google’s first Virtual Reality platform and ecosystem dedicated to bringing more momentum to develop optimized apps for it’s upcoming VR headsets and controllers.

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Two years ago, Google launched it’s experimental Google Cardboard for VR on existing user smartphones. For those of you who have not caught up with this hype, Google Cardboard was the first attempt to bring Virtual Reality to many people. The package was so easy to make, a couple of optical glass, some duct tape and an Android smartphone, it sure was a good ground to start this awesome revolution. As a result, many indie developers made apps for this thriving market – and then came the announcement of Daydream.

What is Daydream?

Daydream was a platform for Virtual Reality that is highly integrated with Android N. By the current stage of development, Daydream may not yet be competing with HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift software which are all PC-based software and hardware.

What are the features of Daydream?

Daydream is yet to be tested but let’s start with what we know are the early resemblance of what Daydream apps can do. YouTube started using 360 videos for desktop and mobile devices, Street View let’s you go to maps and places in a full 360 view. The Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos have been a testing ground for Virtual Reality. The New York Times, HBO, Netflix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts are also on board to develop apps for Daydream.

If you like the features of the current apps that use VR on your devices, then think of Daydream as an official backbone to integrate Virtual Reality games and apps right into your smartphone.

VR Hardware

Any Daydream headsets?

Yes, there are. In fact, Google’s announcement on the keynote revealed its reference design for a VR headset and controller. This design looks like an HTC Vive but a simplified version. It is said to be wireless, easy to take on and off, and comfortable to wear. Manufacturer partners already have given rights to this reference design for official manufacturing later this year.