We are just few hours away from Google’s MadebyGoogle event but the rumours around the event don’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Google is likely to launch two new Pixel smartphones, 4K chromecast, Google Home speaker, WiFi router at this event but it is also likely to introduce Daydream based VR headset.
At company’s annual developer conference I/O 2016, Google announced Daydream – a VR platform baked right into Android. Google also said the platform will work seamlessly with Daydream based smartphones since it is seamlessly built into the core of Android. According to Variety, Google will showcase what it really meant about Daydream later tonight.
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The Variety reports Google will unveil its first Daydream virtual reality headset at company’s hardware event later today. The VR headset is likely to be priced at $79 and will support Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones out of the box.
At I/O 2016, Google said Daydream compatible smartphones will directly switch to VR mode when paired with a compatible smartphone. Google also said that Daydream based VR headset will use a handheld controller for navigation instead of a touchpad found on traditional VR headset like Gear VR.
At I/O 2016, Google made it clear that Daydream is the future of getting native VR support on Android. The search giant also gained support from Android OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, HTC and others to sell Daydream-ready smartphones. Virtual Reality and augmented reality are the next big thing in the world of consumer technology. With Daydream, Google has the ability to take VR mainstream on smartphones just like it made cardboard popular among enthusiasts.
At a starting price of just $79, Google is directly competing with Gear VR. Samsung’s Gear VR works only with company’s select handsets and works on Oculus’ VR platform. With Google’s native support, the VR platform could benefit many Chinese OEMs to instantly build VR headsets without doing much work.