Google Adds Daydream Newsletter and Controller Battery Indicator in Latest Update

You only need to look at the controller to see how much juice is left.

This week Google has released several new updates for its Daydream View head-mounted display (HMD). The free additions will help to streamline the device’s use for owners whilst keeping them informed of the latest offers.

The major feature added in the update is for the Daydream controller. A battery indicator is now available so users will be able to quickly see if it needs changing prior to starting any content. The indicator will be viewable whilst in Daydream Home, Quick settings or Play Store in virtual reality (VR). All you need to do is look at the controller to bring up the information.

Daydream View and Controller

Google has now added a Daydream newsletter option, allowing owners to stay up to date with the latest news, offers and more. This is entirely optional, simply go into settings and signup.

Additionally, users can now choose whether to show notifications in VR by toggling the option in Quick settings. Small changes have also been made improving the performance and reliability of Daydream.

When Google launched Daydream last year the only smartphone compatible with the headset was the company’s own Pixel. Now there’s a lot more options available to consumers with the Huawei Mate Pro, Porsche Design Mate 9, XTE’s Axon 7 and the Motorola Moto Z, Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid available.

Daydream has seen growing support during 2017 with Unity now natively supporting the platform. Experiences such as Unimersiv, Vendetta Online and The Other Room have all recently launched, making the headset a more enticing prospect for those with compatible smartphones.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Daydream, reporting back with the latest updates.

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