Sundar Pichai Revealed that Next-Generation DaydreamVR Will Support More Android Smartphones

While virtual reality is getting mainstream attention pretty fast, Google’s journey with its Daydream virtual reality platform has been far from perfect as the platform still supports a small number of devices despite having a solid start since the platform’s launch from almost a year earlier. However, in a recent Alphabet earnings call, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai has revealed that a total of 11 devices will support Daydream by the end of this year.

The low number of supported devices might be resulted from different smartphone makers’ decision to roll out Android Nougat update in a timely fashion. As Daydream is part of Android Nougat, it’s necessary that a smartphone runs Nougat to accommodate Daydream platform. As of now, few models including Asus ZenFone AR, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Moto Z, Pixel and Pixel XL supports Daydream. As more companies are likely to bring Nougat update for different models in the coming months, it’s likely that more smartphone will start supporting Daydream in the coming weeks.

It will certainly be interesting to see if Google’s Daydream manages to keep the momentum in the coming months as both Facebook and Apple has introduced their own virtual reality platform. Apple in fat went ahead to introduce augmented reality to developers who are currently working on the platform for months. As a result, it will be worthwhile to see if Apple actually introduces any feature related to augmented reality with its much anticipated iPhone 8 in the coming months.

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