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Google’s Daydream is Android’s own VR platform

Google Daydream

#Google has managed to surprise one and all at the I/O event today. The company covered all its bases as far as announcements were concerned, ranging from Android Wear to Chrome OS and Android TV, of course. Well, not leaving its beloved mobile operating system, Google also announced a major feature with Android N, known as Daydream.

This is the company’s official foray into the world of virtual reality and will serve as a platform for all VR content on Android. It will have its own space on the Play Store, complete with specially made apps and other content. Google will also make YouTube, Google Photos and other offerings available with Daydream. Notifications will be shown in 3D.

Google Daydream Hardware Concept

One big caveat here is that only devices that are “certified by Google” will support this feature. As of now, just the Huawei Nexus 6P is on that list, which isn’t really a surprise. Further, Google has also published a reference design for a headset which could be perceived as an evolved version of the Google Cardboard. This concept also comes with a remote w/trackpad, giving you a truly immersive VR experience. Expect manufacturers to use this as a reference design for products in the future. Daydream should be officially available when Android N goes commercial this Fall.

Via: The Verge