In a couple of days Google’s Daydream View, a mobile head-mounted display (HMD) currently compatible with its Pixel smartphone will launch globally. In the run up to its arrival the company has now launched a new app on its Play Store called Google VR Services, providing virtual reality (VR) functionality for Daydream and Cardboard apps.
The app enables a range of functions for the VR headsets such as displaying notifications while wearing one of the HMD’s, or entering and exiting VR apps. It’s also required for pairing Daydream-ready headsets and the supplied remote control with a users Daydream-ready phone. Google also states that if Google VR Services is uninstalled from a device Daydream apps will no longer work, so its a necessary app to have for those interested in VR.
All eyes will be on Google this week to see how successful the initial launch of Daydream View will be, following in the footsteps of the entry level, cheaply produced Cardboard. Currently there’s only one compatible smartphone – the Pixel – which has been available for a couple of weeks now, but Google has partnered with several smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG and HTC to bring more compatible devices to market. Currently though none have been confirmed.
There’s also going to be more than one Daydream headset. When Google first announced the device back in May at its I/O conference Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google commented on a ‘reference design’ for other manufacturers to follow. As yet no other designs have been revealed.
For those who have already received their Pixel smartphones and are eagerly awaiting the launch of Daydream View there looks to be a sizeable amount of videogames and apps available one day one, with more to follow.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Daydream View, reporting back with any further updates.