Google Daydream: What does it do? What devices support it?

 Google Daydream is the search giant’s premium VR headset that can help you see the virtual world in an immersive way.  A few years ago, Google released Cardboard, an inexpensive VR headset that anybody with a  smartphone could afford. At $20, Cardboard was a no-brainer purchase.

 Later, they released a more premium headset called Google Daydream to provide a higher quality VR experience. The idea was to move beyond the simplicity of Cardboard. It had also become extremely complex to watch VR content on different networks. So Google wanted to create a simplified VR platform that makes it easy for viewers to find content and enjoy it.

 At its heart, Daydream is a smartphone powered viewer.  It uses your phone as the source for the screen and for data processing.

 While Cardboard can work with almost any Android and even iPhones, Daydream needs a  good phone since it aims to provide a high-quality experience.

Most of the flagship phones from the big manufacturers are Daydream ready.

 On the top of the list are Google’s Pixel & Pixel XL and  Pixel2 & Pixel 2XL. These are the best phones to use with Daydream. Owing to their high-end display, superior processors and graphics capability, they provide the best VR experience.

From Samsung, we have S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note8.  All the three are said to be Daydream ready.

 LG’s V30 with its OLED display is also compatible with Daydream VR.

Axon 7 from ZTE, Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Z squared from Motorola, ZenFone AR from Asus, Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are the phones that are designed to work well with Daydream.

 While other top end phones may also work with the VR headset, the user experience may not be as smooth.

 Apart from the Daydream, Google is also planning to bring out a Daydream VR headset which would be a standalone device like Oculus GO. In 2017 Google I/O, they announced a partnership with Qualcomm to build the device on Snapdragon 835 platform using some components from Google’s Tango project. The plan is to use Google’s WorldSense positional tracking, which works without a need for cameras and depends on external sensors to track the movements, providing six degrees of freedom.

 While this is an ambitious project, there is no word on when it will be released to the public.

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