Chinese tech company Lenovo has been a strong supporter of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR) technologies. Back in January it sold 10,000 of its own VR head-mounted displays (HMDs), then in April announced its first VR-Ready PC’s in partnership with NVIDIA, and in June Lenovo announced the first Tango enabled device the Phab 2 Pro. The company has now teased further plans with Google and its Daydream headset.
In an interview with CIO, Jeff Meredith, general manager and vice president of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group said: “We have some Daydream products on the roadmap.” No further details were given on what products these might be, but the two most likely are Daydream compatible smartphones or the Daydream HMD itself.
When Google officially announced the HMD back in May at its I/O conference manufacturers that were announced included Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm and Imagination Technologies on the smartphone side. And in a similar fashion to its Cardboard device, Google has created a reference design for Daydream so that multiple companies can manufacturer their own HMD to Google’s specifications.
As well as companies for the hardware side, Daydream will also get content from a range of service providers that include the New York Times, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, EA, and Major League Baseball.
Further details on Lenovo’s VR road map might not be that far away either. With Daydream supposedly arriving in November and last month Bloomberg reported that Google could be debuting the device “in the coming weeks”, Google might be wanting to make a further announcement before the launch of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) PlayStation VR in October.
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