Google announces Galaxy S8 support for Daydream VR, standalone VR headsets

Terry Joseph
May 18, 2017

With Daydream now six months old, Google is announcing new devices at I/O that will support the VR platform and existing apps.

Samsung will be adding support for Google's Daydream VR platform to its latest flagship smartphones later this summer.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google plans to push virtual reality to more people by working with hardware partners on standalone headsets.

It'll be working with HTC and Lenovo to create the headsets, which will work without the need for any cables, PCs or peripherals. "WorldSense" tracking will provide positional tracking to match your location, and dedicated sensors will keep track of the environment around you.

Most manufacturers now see virtual reality and augmented reality as a spectrum of capabilities, and the lines between the two are beginning to blur even as the devices remain separate. The report claims that the new VR device will be able to run independent of a mobile or desktop computing system, but it is unclear whether it will run Android or any other operating system.

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So why is everything so worked up about mere VR headsets? Neither headset has been named, but HTC's model appears to incorporate both its own "Vive" trademark, as well as the Google "Daydream" name. The headsets are expected to begin hitting the market later this year. However, today, at the ongoing I/O Google has announced that Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus will be getting the DayDream feature via a software update.

Daydream launched 6 months ago and there are already many Daydream-ready phones which you can use to access over 150 VR apps.

With Google's new standalone headset, the computing, the power, the display, and the lenses are all Incorporated directly into the headset.

Google also showcased its Expeditions AR program as part of its educational outreach efforts.

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