With Google’s virtual reality headset available tomorrow, the Daydream app has just been published to the Play Store, along with a number of other first and third-party experiences. Additionally, the Android Compatibility Definition Document now lists the hardware requirements to be a Daydream-ready phone.
The Daydream Keyboard and VR Services are already available on the Play Store, but Daydream is the last component needed to use Google’s VR platform. The app itself houses the VR launcher to open apps and browse through available VR content.
Screenshots show a 3D launcher with floating cards and a virtual background. There is an app drawer, VR-optimized Play Store that makes use of large tiles, and in-Daydream settings. The app can also be opened when not in a VR viewer and provides troubleshooting, settings, and hardware pairing.
Google promised that more Daydream-ready phones are on the way and the updated Compatibility Definition Document lists the exact spec needed to support virtual reality. In case you were wondering, phones need to have processors that feature at least 2 physical cores, support for OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan, and Bluetooth 4.2 and LE. Displays must update at least 60 Hz while in VR mode and be larger than 4.7-inches, but are capped at 6-inches.
Also, many VR are starting to launch on the Play Store. From Google, there is YouTube VR and Google Arts & Culture VR, with Street View being updated to support Daydream. Experiences and games previously demoed are also available, including the Harry Potter tie-in Fantastic Beasts, Guardian VR, and CNN VR.
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