Google I/O 2016: Google details new suite of VR hardware and software for Android manufacturers
Google will bring virtual reality VR to smartphones with the launch of the Daydream platform which comprises a reference design headset for hardware partners and a software upgrade to its Android mobile operating system.
Daydream is described as a platform for high quality mobile reality that brings Android applications to VR, delivering rich, responsive and immersive experiences .
Third party apps will support the features, while google will introduce them into its own services such as Maps and YouTube.
HTC, Facebook and Samsung are also targeting the fledgling market for VR with their own headsets, which have the potential to impact the gaming, entertainment and business markets.
Daydream is phase 2 in Google s mobile virtual reality ambitions, said Geoff Blaber, an analyst at CCS insight.
It will be hoping its new Daydream reference design will help its Android partners go head-to-head with Samsung s Gear VR.