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Google Daydream

January 4, 2019

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Google Daydream

A platform for high-quality, mobile VR

Google Daydream is Google’s flagship offering among their suite of Google VR products. Similar to the Windows Mixed Reality, Google Daydream is an all-encompassing VR platform that’s especially designed for mobile VR.

Google Daydream offers a whole new way for you to take your VR experience everywhere you go. All you need to do is to download the Daydream app to your Daydream-ready phone, and paired with Google’s Daydream View headset, you can enjoy a variety of VR experiences without all the bulk of a tethered, PC-powered VR gear—from immersive games, to live events, down to featured content from Google’s wide collection of VR-ready apps.

To make the most of mobility, Google Daydream also supports a standalone VR headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which still allows you to have access to all of what the Daydream platform has to offer, without all the frills of cables, phones, or PCs.

Google Daydream is compatible with a variety of Google and Android smartphones. Its brood of Daydream-ready phones span to an impressive number, more than ten in its most recent offering: Google Pixels 1, 2, and 3; Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, and Note8; Motorola Moto Z and Z2; LG V30; Asus Zenfone AR; Huawei Mate 9 Pro; and ZTE Axon 7.

Things to love about Google Daydream

Google Daydream View offers mobile VR with a decent performance that’s reportedly better and more immersive than the Google Cardboard. Its wide range of compatible devices is definitely a big plus, and most of these devices seem to pack a punch in terms of battery life.

Its simple and straightforward interface is something to love, paired with its nondescript yet highly functional controller that comes part and parcel with both the Google Daydream View and Lenovo Mirage Solo.

What’s more is that Google Daydream offers a comprehensive collection of VR apps and experiences. Most notable of these Google VR experiences is its integration with Google Street View, Gala360, and USA Today VR Stories, allowing you to immerse yourself in real-life scenarios in the comforts of your own home—or practically from anywhere around the world.

Areas Google Daydream can improve on

As the Google Daydream platform is essentially smartphone-powered, it is highly reliant on your phone’s CPU and GPU. It should be noted that the more powerful your phone, the better the performance.

On lower-end Daydream ready-phones, graphics and performance tend to get sluggish, and connectivity issues and overheating were more apparent. This was especially true for Google Pixel phones, but less so with Samsung and other Android-powered phones.

Overall, Google Daydream offers inexpensive mobile VR that’s more than sufficient for users who want to wade in virtual reality. It does, however, have a number of tradeoffs mainly because it’s reliant on your Daydream-supported device.

For more information, visit https://vr.google.com/daydream/.

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