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Google's New Virtual Reality Platform Is Called Daydream

Integrated with Android, Daydream is a phone, a headset, a controller, and a bunch of apps you probably already use.

Posted on May 18, 2016, at 2:32 p.m. ET


Today at its I/O developers' conference, Google announced Daydream, a new platform for mobile virtuality reality.

Daydream, which will run on Android, will work on smartphones. A variety of phones from major manufacturers will have Daydream-compatible specs by this fall.

Google VP of virtual reality Clay Bavor boasted of Daydream's extremely low latency — under 20 milliseconds — a number that elicited gasps from people in the crowd at the Shoreline Amphitheater.

The company showed off a reference design for a Daydream headset, which is not a finished product, into which users would slot their smartphone.

Google also showed off a controller for Daydream: a small, two-button biscuit that features orientation sensors that have become fairly standard in game controllers.

"Developers we shared it with absolutely love it," said Bavor.

Daydream will support a suite of video streaming and news apps, including apps from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Major League Baseball, and the New York Times.

Daydream will launch this fall.


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