After announcing a new smart messaging app (Google Allo) and a new video calling app (Google Duo), the company just announced a new Virtual Reality platform at their I/O 2016 Keynote taking place at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View.
Although we were expecting a release of a VR headset, there was no mention except for the a sketch of its design. However, the company just announced ‘Daydream‘, a VR ready platform for its upcoming Android N. Daydream has been designed for smartphones, headsets, controllers and of course, app developers. This new release will come as an integral part of the upcoming OS. As announced by Google, Daydream-certified smartphones and other devices will have to go through certain standards to ensure maximum VR performance delivery. They also mentioned that the new platform will allow smartphone manufacturers and game developers to work alongside Google’s own engineers to create new VR applications, thanks to unified specifications and programming interfaces.
Google announced that major manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, and Xiaomi are already working on Daydream alongside major game developers including Electronic Arts and Ubisoft.
In addition to Daydream, Google announced a reference VR headset and a simplified VR remote. This remote comprises of two buttons, one with a touch-sensitive surface and the other with a motion sensor to provide gaming controls and basic navigation. Google also treated their fans with a quick demo with Nintendo 64-like visuals. The company promised a release in the near future, so stay tuned for the latest updates.
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