This is Google s way of moving beyond the Cardboard headset introduced two years ago.There will be a headset, a controller, and many smartphones that work with Daydream.Google is now working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel on phones that meet the Daydream spec, and the first phones will become available this fall, Google VR head Clay Bavor said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.
The controllers, which have their own specification, will also become available this fall.There will be Daydream-compatible apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, HBO Now, Netflix, NBA, Hulu, MLB.com, IMAX, and Lionsgate, Bavor said.Developers can start building apps for it in the newest Android N developer preview, Bavor said.Games will become available from EA and others.
Google has fleshed out Cardboard with support for the Unity gaming engine and made it work with Google apps like Street View and YouTube.
And in a striking move, Google recently reassigned Amit Singh from the top post in its Google for Work business Apps, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Platform to the VR business, where he is now vice president of business and operations.While companies like Facebook and HTC took plenty of time and got everything in order before launching VR hardware, Google moved quickly to release the simple and low-cost Cardboard that required an Android phone in June 2014, just three months after Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus VR.Cardboard has gained momentum since then and even got a remodel after a year.
Most recently, Engadget and Gizmodo cofounder Peter Rojas published a tweet indicating that Google is working on Android VR and that it would be less powerful than the Vive or Rift.
While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google.