Google Daydream Stories February 15

Back in October, Google officially dropped support for its virtual reality platform with Android 11. Daydream is no longer receiving updates, and now can no longer access the Google Play Store or other VR discovery features. 

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Google Daydream Stories October 2, 2020

At last year’s hardware event, Google stopped selling the Daydream View, while many apps dropped support long before that. Google announced today that “Daydream VR software is no longer supported” and that it ended with Android 11.

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Google Daydream Stories September 12, 2019

Google kills products all of the time, but sometimes ones stick around that seemingly no one uses. Today, Hulu revealed that it was ditching support for the Daydream VR platform and it’s got us thinking, would anyone actually care if Google pulled the plug on the entire platform?

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Google’s Daydream VR platform hasn’t been talked about in quite some time, and in this case, all news seems to be bad news. Today, it’s been confirmed that Hulu has ditched support for its Daydream VR app.

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Google Daydream Stories June 13, 2019

We’ve not heard much about Daydream VR for a while now, and today Google is confirming some unfortunate news. No, it’s not killing the platform, but the Google Play Movies app for Daydream VR is officially shutting down.

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Google Daydream Stories September 21, 2018

Looking towards the future, augmented reality will be a very important technology once it gets miniaturized into wearable glasses. Till then, apps and best practices are being developed through phone-based AR and VR headsets. Google today announced experimental features for standalone Daydream including a “See-Through Mode” and 6DoF Controllers.

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Google Daydream Stories July 30, 2018

Google first launched its Daydream View headset at the original Google Pixel launch in 2016, but one popular Google app has been oddly missing from the platform. Almost two years later, Google has announced that its ever-popular Chrome browser is now available in Daydream.

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Google Daydream Stories January 24, 2018

Plex is a great way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows anywhere you are, and today, the popular service is expanding to virtual reality with Google Daydream.

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Google Daydream Stories November 29, 2017

One of the frequently cited uses for virtual reality is building empathy by immersing users in the viewpoint of others. Google today is doubling down on that VR use with Daydream Impact — a training program that provides equipment to various organizations.

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Google Daydream Stories November 17, 2017

The second generation Daydream View headset is now shipping to South Korea

Alongside the release of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL smartphones, Google unveiled an updated and slightly redesigned Daydream View headset. The biggest differences compared to last year’s model are added heat venting features and the ability to remove the top head strap.

Google Daydream Stories October 19, 2017

Google Daydream (2nd gen.) is now available to purchase on the Google Store

Announced on October 4th at the Made by Google event in San Francisco, the new Daydream View is now available for purchase on the Google Store. Visiting the Google Daydream page between then and now presented you with an option to join a waitlist, but now you can give Google your $99 if you want.

Google Daydream Stories October 4, 2017

Google Daydream can finally Cast to your TV without any workarounds, here’s how

Google has worked hard to create both the Cardboard and Daydream platforms to make it easy for all users to access VR. Just slip your smartphone into one of the compatible headsets and escape into a virtual world. But by doing this, you’re isolating yourself. Thankfully Google now allows you to share what you see with those around you by merely Casting the display to Chromecast devices…

Google Daydream Stories September 26, 2017

Chrome now allows any webpage to be displayed in Daydream VR

Web browsing is slowly making its way to virtual reality, and Google is pushing for developers to support the new “WebVR” platform. However, not everyone supports it just yet. Previously, that meant those websites couldn’t be viewed in a VR headset, but now, they can.

Google Daydream Stories September 19, 2017

Google’s mobile VR platform Daydream has grown a lot over the past year, but the hardware hasn’t changed at all. Google’s Daydream View has been the only option, and it’s definitely not perfect. Now, it looks like Google is planning to refresh it at the upcoming October 4th event.

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Google Daydream Stories September 7, 2017

With many recent and upcoming phones now Daydream-ready, Google’s VR platform is beginning to gain traction, especially as standalone headsets are coming later this year. The company has now launched new developer tools for building and learning in VR.

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Google Daydream Stories September 6, 2017

With Galaxy Note 8 units shipping out now to customers that pre-ordered the handset, a lot of people will soon have their hands on Samsung’s latest and greatest. The Note 8 is packed to the gills with various features and settings to mess around with, and we now have confirmation that Google’s Daydream VR platform will be supported on the phone out of the box.

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Google Daydream Stories August 14, 2017

Google offering up to 60% off select Daydream VR games this week

Daydream VR is easily at the top of the list when it comes to mobile VR, and the content library for Google’s platform continues to expand. Now, Google is offering a Summer Sale which gives a handful of Daydream titles discounts of up to 60% off.

Google Daydream Stories July 31, 2017

Earlier this month T-Mobile slipped and accidentally included Daydream VR compatibility in its changelog after rolling out an update to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. While the update most likely did bring Daydream to the handsets, it was not enabled for use until today…

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Google Daydream Stories July 27, 2017

Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced that it would soon be introducing standalone VR headsets alongside the existing ones that are powered by your smartphone. HTC recently announced a new VR headset coming to China, and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks a whole lot like a forthcoming Daydream headset that should be available in the States later this year.

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Google Daydream Stories July 25, 2017

Daydream VR lands on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in latest update

Google has plans for a ton of new Daydream VR-ready smartphones through the end of this year, and that’s starting with a previous announcement. Following the reveal back at I/O 2017, Samsung is finally starting to roll out Daydream support for the Galaxy S8 family, starting with the Verizon variant.

Google’s Daydream VR platform is arguably the best mobile VR option, but it only works on a small portion of the vast Android ecosystem. Devices like the Pixel, Moto Z, and ZTE Axon 7 are all supported, but there’s not much outside of that. Yesterday on Google’s earnings call, CEO (and recently appointed Alphabet board member) Sundar Pichai revealed that quite a few more compatible devices are incoming.

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Google Daydream Stories July 14, 2017

Many believe that virtual reality (VR) will be the next big thing in the way that humans interact with computers and with each other. While adoption of VR has been relatively slow, it hasn’t stopped companies like Google from making its own platform called Daydream that features not only hardware that works with smartphones but also unique software experiences.

Since the launch of Daydream late last year, have you used it? If so, what do you use Daydream and/or any other VR platform for?

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While we wait for the massive 2.0 Euphrates update later this year, Google is still iterating on the Daydream experience in minor ways. Discovery on the Android app has been improved, while version 1.7 sees a number of updates focusing on the Daydream Controller.

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Google Daydream Stories July 11, 2017

T-Mobile changelog says Daydream VR coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

When Samsung first launched the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it didn’t come as a huge surprise that it would be shipping without Daydream VR support. Then, At Google I/O 2017, it was announced that coming this summer, the handsets would get updated to work with the platform. After pushing out its latest update, T-Mobile’s changelog now shows that Daydream support is coming soon…

Google Daydream Stories May 18, 2017

Google shared more details about its standalone VR headsets at a virtual and augmented reality-focused keynote on the second-day of I/O.

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During a keynote focused on VR and AR at day 2 of I/O 2017, Google announced Daydream 2.0, a major update slated for later this year. Codenamed Euphrates, there is a focus on easier sharing, improved interface, and Chrome.

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Google Daydream Stories May 17, 2017

With Daydream now six months old, Google is announcing new devices at I/O that will support the VR platform and existing apps. Very major additions include the Galaxy S8 and LG’s upcoming flagship.

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Google has announced a number of VR efforts at I/O 2017. Notably, the company confirmed that it is working on a “new category of standalone VR headsets.”

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Audio Factory demonstrates Google’s VR spatial audio engine within Daydream

Right before the start of I/O 2017, Google published a new Daydream VR application called Audio Factory. Although VR mainly immerses users visually, when paired with proper headphones, this application immerses users in an audio experience…

Not long after a report from Variety yesterday suggested that Google will be showing off a new standalone VR headset at this year’s I/O developer conference, a tipster for Android Police has spotted a trademark at the USPTO that might be related to such an announcement…

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Ahead of the I/O 2017 keynote, Google has released a new VR app for developers to “learn about principles and best practices” for Daydream.

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Google Daydream Stories April 12, 2017

Back in June of 2016, it was revealed that Google was working on a way to make virtual reality accessible from every web browser, dubbed WebVR. Then, with the release of Chrome 56 Beta, Google started to allow developers to begin testing their WebVR projects on the web. Today, Google has published 12 WebVR experiments for users to test out not only with Daydream headsets but also those with Cardboard…

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Google Daydream Stories April 6, 2017

Daydream received a spate of updates this week, including a novel in-VR battery indicator for the Controller, finer notification control, and more keyboard languages. Additionally, Google went into detail about its efforts to brand the virtual reality platform.

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Google Daydream Stories April 3, 2017

Mobile VR is one of the most accessible ways for people to use virtual reality thanks to the low cost of getting started with the platform. Instead of needing a high-performance computer, people can simply use their smartphones. The question, though, is if you have actually used mobile VR beyond a little playing around…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are an impressive set of smartphones, and it’s very clear that Samsung designed them with VR capabilities in mind. However, Samsung’s vision for VR is for its own Gear VR system, which is why competing options like Google Daydream don’t work…

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Google Daydream Stories March 13, 2017

New Google VR job listings could point to new hardware in the pipeline

Google’s efforts in VR have been fairly extensive, but I wouldn’t call any of them particularly impressive. Google Cardboard is widespread and simple, while Daydream VR is intuitive, comfortable, and provides one of the best VR experiences on mobile. New job listings, though, might point to Google having something else up its sleeve…

Google Daydream Stories February 28, 2017

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Google has a lot invested in VR, specifically in mobile VR. Its Daydream platform has been the star of the show for the past several months, but before that came Google Cardboard, an affordable VR experience for every phone. Believe it or not, that system debuted almost three years ago, and today Google is announcing that it has shipped over 10 million Cardboard headsets.

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Google Daydream Stories February 17, 2017

NBA VR

The NBA has launched an official VR application for Google Daydream. Within the virtual experience, you will be able to watch highlights from games as well as enjoy a brand new VR series called “House of Legends.”

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Google Daydream Stories February 6, 2017

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Right from the start, Google had inventory issues and delayed Pixel orders because the company hadn’t expected the high demand for its smartphones. The delays have been so bad, in fact, that rumors started going around that Google had even stopped production. While this obviously isn’t true, Verizon has started to give away Daydream View headsets as an apology to customers who had their shipments delayed…

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Google Daydream Stories February 1, 2017

How to enable Daydream VR on any Android Nougat smartphone

Daydream is Google’s virtual reality platform that is only supported on a handful of phones. While this number will increase in time, not everyone has the money to purchase a brand new phone that fits Google’s strict requirements to be Daydream compatible. Thankfully, a workaround has been found that enables Daydream on any phone running Nougat…

Google Daydream Stories January 26, 2017

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Daydream is Google’s newest VR platform that is a step up from Cardboard, but not as feature-rich as something like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. This is because everything is run off of a mobile phone, however, Daydream can still provide an immersive experience. Starting today, Google is allowing all developers to create and publish Daydream VR apps to the Play Store…

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VR is growing fast, whether that’s on desktops and consoles, or on mobile devices. While there’s no doubt that most impressive options have come in the PC-powered section of the market, such as the HTC Vive, we’ve also seen some very capable mobile options, like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View. Now, the man who led the design team on HTC’s Vive is heading to Google Daydream.

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Google Daydream Stories January 17, 2017

Google is currently offering the Daydream View headset for just $49, down from $79

Google’s Daydream View VR headset is one of the better mobile VR options on the market, but it still undercuts the competition in price just a bit despite bringing a little more hardware to the table. Now, Google is offering a sale on the headset which cuts $30 off the retail price.

Google Daydream Stories January 5, 2017

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Last year, Google announced that many upcoming Android devices would support the Daydream VR platform. At CES, Asus announced the Daydream-ready ZenFone AR and ZTE noted that support was coming to the Axon 7 with Nougat. Today, Google announced the addition of Huawei’s Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, as well as the first third-party Daydream viewer.

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Google Daydream Stories December 29, 2016

Android Basics: How to enable high priority notifications within Google Daydream

By strapping on a Daydream headset, you are immersing yourself into a virtual world which also naturally isolates you from your surroundings. As you could potentially be enjoying content for hours at a time, Google has made it so that you can still receive limited types of notifications so that you don’t miss anything important…

Google Daydream Stories December 19, 2016

Android Basics: How to mirror your Daydream experience onto a television

With VR experiences like Google’s Daydream, you get to immerse yourself into a virtual world by strapping a phone onto your face. As elegant as that may sound, there’s still a chance that you might want to share everything that you’re seeing with those around you — especially during the holiday season. Thankfully, if you have a Chromecast or Android TV in your home, you can easily mirror your display on the big screen…

Google Daydream Stories December 15, 2016

Need for Speed No Limits VR is now available for Google Daydream

Just last week a bunch of new apps hit the Play Store for Google’s new Daydream VR platform, and now after a slight delay, EA has finally released Need for Speed No Limits for Daydream.

Google Daydream Stories December 8, 2016

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Over the last month, we have seen applications such as YouTube and Hulu gain support and add features for Google’s virtual reality platform, Daydream. Today, Google is expanding Daydream’s platform by introducing 10 new applications including both HBO GO and NOW, Netflix, Need for Speed, and much more…

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