Yes, Google did it again.
Last month, Google once again managed to arrest the world’s attention with its immensely talked about project Daydream!
Let’s try and decode what’s it all about.
Daydream – What is it?
In the simplest terms possible, Daydream is going to be the home of VR content inside Android. It will run only on phones certified by Google, Android N phones, that are due to launch in the next few months. These phones must fulfill VR friendly specific requirements, for instance, high-quality sensors for head tracking or screens that can reduce blurring by showing images in extremely short bursts. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel will all make phones and hardware that will support Daydream in 2016, so as Google’s Nexus 2016 phones.
Google Daydream Controller
It is going to be a major USP for the Google, since none of the big names in VR comes with a hand-held controller. It will definitely make the user-interface and connection smoother. The Google’s reference design provides no further details and it would be fun to see how the hardware partners further develop it.
Google Daydream: Uses
Once you are armed with the phone loaded VR headset, the entire ecosystem of VR version of Youtube, Street View, Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos are at your disposal. And some real interesting developments are on the cards since Google has also confirmed that Netflix, Ubisoft and other big name players are onboard as well.
Google Daydream: Possibilities
VR has mostly being marketed as a gaming, VR videos and 360 degrees images device, but in reality the possibilties are endless. Having access to novel and quirky content from its partners, it does seem to have a strong standing in the VR world. Still, its potential remains in the hands of the developers to be explored.
Let’s see how it unravels in the months to come.