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Dream with your eyes open: Google Daydream View

Daydream brings high-quality virtual reality (VR) to Daydream-ready phones. With the Daydream app, you can launch your favourite virtual-reality experiences and browse from an ever-growing collection of apps and games. Google Daydream VR View.

Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality. Get ready to immerse yourself in new experiences.

Google Daydream View 2018

Google Daydream

Daydream is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google that is built into the Android mobile operating system (versions "Nougat" 7.1 and later). Compatible phones that follow the platform's software and hardware specifications (and are thus designated "Daydream-ready") are used in the Google Daydream View VR headset. The Daydream platform was announced at the Google I/O developer conference in May 2016, with the first VR headset released on November 10, 2016.

Daydream is the company's second VR platform following Google Cardboard, which was a low-cost system intended to encourage interest in VR and was built into compatible mobile apps rather than the operating system itself.

It is not to be confused with the "Daydream" screensaver feature that had been introduced with Android 4.2 in 2012 and was renamed to "screen saver" after the 2016 launch of the VR platform.

First generation Daydream View


The first-generation Google Daydream View was announced on October 4, 2016. Daydream-ready smartphones can be placed in the front compartment of the Daydream View and then viewed in VR through the headset's two lenses. The View distinguished itself from previous VR head mounts by being constructed out of a light-weight cloth material, as well as featuring capacitive nubs and an NFC chip to simplify the process of setting up virtual reality viewing.

The Daydream View was released on November 10, 2016.

The Daydream View launched in a "Slate" color option. Two new color choices, "Crimson" and "Snow", became available on December 8, 2016.
In a review of the Google Daydream View, Adi Robertson of The Verge wrote that the headset was the "best mobile headset" she'd ever used, complimenting its "squishy foam-and-fabric body" being "significantly smaller, lighter, and more portable than the Samsung Gear VR", and that its design "keeps the lenses relatively protected during travel".

She also liked the device's weight distribution, writing that it "rests more weight on your forehead than your cheeks, an option I've found more comfortable" and that allows her to "wear it easily for hours at a time". She also praised the material, particularly its plastic sliders rather than velcro patches on the head strap, writing that it allows "a wider range of sizes and avoids gathering lint", and that the View's overall design "could almost pass for an airplane sleep mask", meaning that it "avoids looking ostentatiously high-tech or intimidating".


Google Daydream headsets are packaged with a wireless controller. This controller can be used for interacting with the virtual world through button presses or through waving the device. On-board sensors are used to track the orientation of the controller and approximate the position of the user's hand. The Daydream View's controller can be stored inside the headset while not in use. The controller has a touch pad, two circular buttons (one functioning as a home button and one functioning as an app-specific button), and two volume buttons, along with a status light. The controller is rechargeable and charges via USB-C. On its support pages, Google notes that the Daydream View "doesn't include a charger or cables" and instead directs users to purchase those from the Google Store.


In May 2016 at the Google I/O developer conference, Google announced that a virtual reality (VR) mode called "Daydream" would be coming to the new Android release Nougat.

The VR mode lets players use virtual reality apps, including YouTube, Google Maps Street View, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Photos in an immersive view. Google recruited media companies like Netflix and Ubisoft for entertainment apps.

In January 2017, Google opened the Daydream program for all third-party developers.


Daydream will only work on certain newer phones with specific components. Google announced at the Google I/O conference that eight hardware partners will make Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus and Alcatel. Phones will dedicate processing power to the Daydream mode in order to reduce latency and prevent nausea. Sundar Pichai expects 11 Android smartphones that support Daydream VR on sale by the end of 2017.


Google Daydream View 2018

Daydream brings high-quality virtual reality (VR) to Daydream-ready phones. With the Daydream app, you can launch your favourite virtual-reality experiences and browse from an ever-growing collection of apps and games. Explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play immersive games that put you at the centre of the action. Plus, the app brings featured content front and centre, so there’s always something fresh to return to when you put on the headset.

Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality

• Set up a Daydream-ready headset and controller
• Browse and install apps on the go or in VR
• Launch your favourite Daydream experiences

The Daydream app requires a Daydream-ready headset, such as Daydream View, and a Daydream-ready phone, such as Pixel. Learn more at https://g.co/daydream.

By using this app, you agree to be bound by our Google Terms of Service (Google ToS, https://www.google.com/accounts/TOS), Google’s general Privacy Policy (https://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/) and the additional terms below. This app is a Service as defined in the Google ToS, and the terms regarding software in our Services apply to your use of this app.

Before using Daydream, ensure that all users have reviewed the Daydream Health and Safety information available at g.co/daydream/SafetyWarrantyReq.

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Staff Writer    Updated On : Friday, December 14, 2018

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