Xiaomi’s Daydream VR headset might launch on August 1: Report

Xiaomi confirms it VR plans based on Google's Daydream platform and the first headset could launch in August

By: Tech Desk | Updated: July 31, 2016 1:33 pm
Xiaomi's Daydream-based VR headset is expected to launch in August Xiaomi’s Daydream-based VR headset is expected to launch in August

Xiaomi’s next big product announcement could be a VR headset. Xiaomi, which is steering away from smartphones with alternate smart devices like smart rice cooker and air purifiers, could announce a new VR headset based on Google’s Daydream on August 1.

Xiaomi’s reason to enter Virtual Reality seems to be its own MIUI based on Android. Xiaomi ships its smartphones with MIUI which is a forked version of Android that relies heavily on customisation and smart features. Xiaomi’s VR headset plans have been revealed by company’s General Manager, Tang Mu. Tang Mu says, Xiaomi is building its own VR headset to provide best VR experience to its MIUI users.

Xiaomi was a surprise entrant at Google’s I/O 2016 this year. While Xiaomi only announced a 4K enabled Mi Box based on Android TV, it was apparent that the company has larger ambitions. Xiaomi commands a significant ground in the smartphone industry thanks to its expansive offerings in the budget category. With its own VR headset, Xiaomi can take virtual reality to next set of users who are shying away from adopting the platform.

Since we are talking Xiaomi here, Android Headlines claims the Daydream-powered VR headset will be cheap. Google announced Daydream as the native platform for Android at its annual developer conference. The platform will primarily be baked into the next version of Android for more immersive experience that what current devices offer.

At I/O 2016, Google made it clear that Daydream compatible smartphones will come with strict restriction for hardware, which could mean that Xiaomi is also working on compatible smartphones. While Samsung makes its own GearVR powered by Oculus for its flagship Galaxy range, Xiaomi could adopt a similar strategy by introducing a new VR headset with flagship smartphone to power it.

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  1. R
    Jul 30, 2016 at 5:10 am
    It will be launched in and for china. So why write article in India. It's not going to come to India. It will only be dumped to India if it does not receive any response in china!!!!!!
    1. D
      Detail time
      Jul 30, 2016 at 9:44 am
      Mi worst customer support , they have on 56 cites across India even don't have service center in many state capital, but charge customer for pickup and delivery to customer care every time this lt;br/gt;Now days quality of the handset had gone down like Mircomax and zte. lt;br/gt;Google about mi complaints in twitter and Fb before buying any MI Product .People have thick Skin they don't Listen To Customer Nither they pick up the Phohe Just have try . My New Redmi Note 3 got dead in 15 days of the delivery complain about flipkart but they say you have to contact MI they had change the Return Policy t0 10 days on arrival