Google gets into VR - again
By Digital News Asia May 24, 2016
- Daydream mobile VR for Android
- Certified phones from partners
At Google's I/O developer conference, the company's VR Czar, Clay Bavor announced Daydream, a new mobile VR initiative for Android.
The next version of Android, currently known as "Android N" will have a special 'VR Mode' that allows low latency VR performance.
"These improvements are part of the core of Android N," said Bavor. "What that means for developers is that there are going to be a lot of Daydream-ready phones."
Google plans to work with its partners to brand Android phones which meat the technical requirements as being 'Daydream-ready'. The first set of phones are expected to ship later this year.
Google is not planning to manufacture its own headset. Instead, it will release a reference design so that other hardware companies can make their own headsets compatible with 'Daydream-ready' phones. That reference design also includes a Daydream motion controller.
"We've built an orientation sensor so it knows where it's pointing, and how it's turning," said Balor. Google is currently working with some game developers to create games for Daydream.
This is Google's second stab at VR. The company has already shipped over 5 million units of its Google Cardboard VR, since launching it two years ago.
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