Daydream, Google’s Latest Virtual Reality Effort
The Google Cardboard has been here for years already. It is cheap basic accessory used in combination with an Android phone to view virtual reality content. The virtual reality industry has undergone rapid transformations in that period, and some high end VR headsets have already been developed. They include the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift by Facebook and the Gear VR by Samsung. The software and media end has also seen a wide increase in the range of content developed for virtual reality.
Google Daydream: The Newest Innovation from Google
As Google is a company known for technological innovation, they have new plans for virtual reality. At their annual I/O conference, which took place at Mountain View, California, Daydream was introduced. Daydream is the latest virtual reality effort by the technology company. Set to be released by fall and would be part of the Android operating system, Daydream would be the successor of Google Cardboard.
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Google Daydream has a broad range of content and compatible accessories. There will be a lot of apps and other content released for it. It would be compatible with controllers and headsets. Top media companies like Netflix, HBO, and Hulu would play a huge role in the Daydream program.
About eight smartphone makers have agreed to make their phones compatible with Daydream with more in line. The smartphone manufacturers include Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, and HTC.
Google’s representative Bavor introduced Daydream at the event. Virtual reality is currently expensive and is not accessible to all. VR headsets are pricey, and most require a very powerful and expensive PC to run. Google’s goal is to change all that and make virtual reality accessible to virtually everyone. Google Daydream attempts to eliminate the need for expensive headsets like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The Daydream program also eliminates the need for an expensive PC.
Latency is a current major problem experienced with virtual reality headsets. There is a perceivable delay between the time when a user moves to when the image is updated. Daydream is focusing heavily on latency and hopes to reduce latency to the barest minimum.
Daydream has design similarities with existing VR headsets. The headset is similar in design to the Samsung Gear VR. The headset comes with a latched box for covering the eyes and also has a wraparound band for the head. The headset controller is similar to the Oculus Rift’s controller. It has an oblong shape with fewer buttons. There is an additional indented touchpad located near the top of the controller. The controller can be turned and twisted as needed during gameplay.
Daydream would be well integrated with Google’s current existing services. Google Streetview, YouTube, and audio and voice search among others would be compatible in VR.
Google has said that current flagship phones might not work with Daydream, so there is no need to purchase a current flagship to experience Daydream. New phones that would support Google Daydream would be released. Some sources say that it would be out in November 2016. A feature known as Android VR would be added to the latest version of Android. This mode would allow VR apps exclusive access to processor cores, while latency would be reduced in the foreground. Android N would come natively with Daydream support.
As for those who can’t afford a brand-new phone, Google is making no plans to abandon Google Cardboard. Updates would still be released for Google Cardboard.