A platform built for high quality, mobile virtual reality to help create VR. The platform was built for Android devices specifically baked into Android N to support smartphones, headset and controller and the way you obtain apps from Google Play and the apps themselves. Google has set a standard for phones meeting a set of specifications, ones which are optimized for high quality VR and they will be called “Daydream-Ready smartphones” and involve high quality sensors, display and fast processing to handle that level of graphics and performance. All this in addition to software side experience.
Google introduced a new VR mode in Android N optimizing “every stack on Android” for VR with better performance, low latency which is under 20ms and low VR buffers. Smartphones from major manufacturers already have mobile devices available that are “Daydream ready” with more to come.
Google made a new reference design as well to standardize the comfort of a headset for VR that is both easy to wear and comfortable for long periods of use unlike Cardboard and the first ones will launch this fall. Google also created an optimized controller for the VR headset with built in orientation sensor. Controller will also be part of the reference design available for third parties.
When it comes to apps, Google introduced a new Google Play store just for VR available on VR with major developers like CNN, netflix, Hulu, EA, Ubisoft and more bring their apps like news, games and movies right to VR. Google also introduced its own apps like Google Movies, Street view, Google Photos for VR too. YouTube too brings support for VR with spatial audio and voice search for all kinds of videos.
Google Daydream will launch this fall along with new headsets and controllers and new “Daydream-ready” devices.