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Google Daydream is a new Android-powered VR platform

by Brandon Russell | May 18, 2016May 18, 2016 11:16 am PST

After successfully exploring the world of VR with Cardboard, Google on Wednesday said VR is coming to Android N through a new platform known as Daydream.

In order to run on phones, Google has set up specific specs for manufacturers to follow. According to Google’s Clay Bavor, the entire Android stack has been optimized for VR; OEMs such as Samsung, HTC, LG and more are all going to make VR-compatible phones coming later this year.

While Google apparently won’t build its own headset, a reference headset will be available to third-party manufacturers, along with a controller, so we should see many more headsets later this year. Pretty soon we’ll have much more affordable, accessible versions of what we’re seeing from Oculus and HTC.

There will be a “Daydream Home” that will contain all of your VR-ready apps; Google specific apps include Play Movies, Street View, and Google Photos. You can also use YouTube, which Google said has been rebuilt from the ground up for VR. Some of the other partners include WSJ, New York Times, HBO Now and more.

Daydream will be available this fall.

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