- 18 November
Google Daydream: Virtual is the new Reality
At Google I/O developer conference held on May, 2016, Google dropped the word about Daydream, their platform for high quality mobile VR. The goal behind Daydream is to simplify and crucially amplify the overall high quality virtual reality experience. Google Daydream a VR extension of Android, and is built into the Android operating system and is rolled out with Android 7.1 Nougat. The Daydream platform contains both software and hardware specifications and compatible phones are tagged ‘Daydream ready’.
The first Daydream compatible phones were Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL which was Daydream ready. Of course, as in with all emerging technologies having hardware specifications, only newer phones with some specific components, will support the Daydream technology and all the existing models will be deemed obsolete. At the Google I/O, it was also announced that Google will be partnering up with eight major mobile hardware manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus and Alcatel to produce Daydream ready phones.
Daydream View: the Headset
Daydream View is Google’s virtual reality headset for Daydream. The possibilities are endless with Daydream View which comes with its own controller, provided with the headset. You can watch TV shows, movies and can even play virtual reality games on the Daydream ready Smartphone.
Daydream view headset focuses more on comfort than on technology which may compromise the overall functionality as it’s far less powerful and customizable than some existing Virtual Reality headsets, but scores brownie points for wearability and comfort. The Daydream View headset is made of fabric, not plastic, using soft microfiber and other materials in clothing and athletic wear and it’s much lighter and simpler than an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift or even a Samsung Gear VR. There is an underlying principle behind this. The Daydream team believes that the primary function of Daydream is to trick the brain of the user into believing that whatever they are experiencing is not virtual but real. And in order for the deception to be complete the headset is to be such designed that it almost feels like an extension of the eye itself, in other words the user has to be comfortable wearing it.
The wireless Controller
The Daydream Headset comes with its own wireless controller which equips the user to interact with the virtual world through button presses or controller waving. The controller responds to your movements, points, swings, aims and gestures with the help of sensors fitted inside. The controller is very handy as it’s small, easy to use and has touchable buttons, moreover it fits into the headset itself thus there is a less chance of its getting lost.
The headset went on sale on November 10, 2016, across the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. It is available in three different colors slate, snow and crimson.
By far these handsets Officially Support Google Daydream
Google Pixel XL
Moto Z Force
Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design Edition
ZTE Axon 7
Asus Zenfone AR