Earlier this week VRFocus reported on a statement from Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, suggesting that 11 Daydream compatible smartphone handsets would be available before the year’s end. It now looks like two of those handsets are already available on the market, as Google has revealed the roll out of a compatibility update for both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
— Google VR (@googlevr) July 31, 2017
Samsung were one of the first smartphone manufacturers to announce support for the Google Daydream platform, but have been relatively slow to integrate this into their consumer handsets. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ recently received an update which, according to Android Police, specified ‘Google Daydream Compatibility’ in US service provider T-Mobile’s patch notes.
According to Android Police, the documentation soon received an update stating that Daydream compatibility would be coming to both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ soon. However, the patch notes were updated again and removed any mention of Google Daydream.
While that uncertainty has now ended don’t expect that update to appear straight away. As is a common occurrence with big mobile updates – such as a new version of Android – users will see this rolled out slowly, depending on the mobile carrier as to when they may see it.
Adding Daydream compatibility to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ makes these two handsets the first to be compatible with both the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, potentially making them the first choice handsets for virtual reality (VR) aficionados. VRFocus will keep you updated with any further information regarding Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Daydream compatibility.