By the end of this year, Google Daydream will be compatible with eleven smartphones, The Verge reports.
During the Alphabet earnings call on Monday, July 24, Google CEO Sundai Pichai revealed that by 2018, eleven Android smartphones on the market will be compatible with Daydream virtual reality platform. This means that the devices will have the ability of becoming standalone virtual reality systems, with the Daydream headset holding them into place.
At present, just a small number of smartphones can be connected to Daydream:
- Pixel (by Google)
- Pixel XL (by Google)
- Moto Z (by Motorola)
- Mate 9 Pro (by Huawei)
- Porsche Design Mate 9 (by Huawei)
- Axon 7, (by ZTE)
- Zenfone AR (by Asus)
Samsung announced that its upcoming models Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will support Daydream. This leaves us with about two devices to still be named.
Google Daydream View is a headset accessory that, when connected to the smartphone, “unlocks the world of virtual reality”, as described on the official website. You can buy one of these for $79.
You can pick from three different colors: snow (white), crimson (red) and slate (grey). They are made from breathable textiles.
The set also includes a remote control, which enables the VR connection. It has built-in motion sensors, as expected, responding to the user’s hand movement. The remote is produced by HTC and Qualcomm.
Daydream is quite similar with Samsung Gear VR, released in 2015 for the price of $100. However, Google’s headset has the advantage of being supported by several devices.
Google first mentioned its Daydream View in 2016.