Technology: Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung get ready for Google Daydream

Google unveiled its plans to launch Daydream, a virtual reality platform, at the annual developer conference held at Mountain View, CA, on Wednesday.

Daydream is built into Google’s upcoming mobile operating system, Android N, which is currently in preview for Android developers.

Daydream is built into Google’s upcoming mobile operating system, Android N, which is currently in preview for Android developers.

Daydream aims at creating a rich virtual reality experience for mobile phone users. Going forward, most Android phones will follow a set of VR specifications set forth by Google.

Several Asian brands such as Xiaomi, LG, HTC, Samsung, and Huawei will work in tandem with Google to make their devices Daydream-ready.

“Together with Android manufacturers, we’re working on upcoming phones, and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use. Your favorite apps and games will be coming to Daydream too, including Google’s—like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and the Play Store. More to come this fall,” said Google in its blog.

“Huawei will have Daydream-ready phones, headsets, and controllers to be announced by the end of 2016,” Huawei said in a press release.

IDC predicts that virtual reality hardware will generate more than $2.3 billion in revenue in 2016.



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