Google’s Latest Chrome Update Adds Support for Daydream Headsets
Additional VR specific features such as a “cinema mode” have been included.
You’d have thought that when the the biggest search giant in the world, Google, ventured into virtual reality (VR) and created its Daydream platform that easy web browsing via its Chrome app would have been one of the first applications available. Well that wasn’t the case – it was hidden away and not that easy (or user friendly) to access – so today the company has released an official update to rectify that.
The new update allows both Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo users to access Google Chrome right from the home screen for ease of use.
Available now as a free update for Android users, all they need to do is update their Chrome app to unlock the new VR support. The new version has all the features you’d expect from Chrome including voice search, incognito, saved book marks and more. Plus, there’s additional VR specific features such as a “cinema mode” which Google claims: “optimizes web video for the best viewing experience in VR.” The update also supports the WebVR standard, allowing Daydream owners to access WebVR powered sites.
With Chrome now officially supporting Daydream headsets users should now be able to enjoy a smoother and more comfortable experience online.
As mentioned, Daydream View users were able to use Chrome prior to this update by launching the app on their phone before putting into the headset. However, the app never featured in the list of Daydream compatible apps whilst in VR, meaning Lenovo Mirage Solo owners couldn’t get any access via the standalone headset.
This continues the trend at Google to make more of its core products open and available to everyone. Last week saw YouTube VR finally arrive for Samsung Gear VR, having previously supported Daydream headsets before coming to HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. As Google continues to expand its support and interests in VR, VRFocus will keep you updated.