You know what Google Daydream is, right? It can run apps and games downloaded from the Play Store making it easy to find experiences to use on your headset. There are over 50 apps and games available on the platform. Netflix, HBO and Hulu will all have Daydream ready apps in the coming months, plus.The New York Times will launch an app too for its VR videos.
Google’s big push into smartphone-based virtual reality has only begun to take form. Daydream doesn’t work like cardboard at all. Daydream requires a combination of software and hardware specs that Google themselves mentioned and posted. Also, there aren’t many phones that currently work with Google’s Daydream VR because it is new. It first launched in November only on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but in recent weeks it has expanded to others, including the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
We can tell that in 2017, most flagships phones will likely have all of the necessary components to work with Daydream. Here’s a very short list of devices that Currently support daydream.
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Motorola Moto Z
- Moto Z Force
- Huawei Mate 9 Pro (coming soon)
- ASUS ZenFone AR (coming soon)
- ZTE Axon 7 (coming soon)
Google Pixel Devices
Google Pixel and Pixel XL, both Pixel phones are Daydream ready, and come with Daydream pre-installed. These phones are each packing an impressive Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM and an AMOLED display, but the smaller Pixel is 1080p while the larger Pixel offers a QHD display. This means the larger pixel will offer a better VR experience in general.
Moto Z and Moto Z force
The Moto Z is the first handset, outside Google’s Pixel line-up, to receive support for Daydream View. The original Moto Z and the shatterproof Moto Z Force both are Daydream ready. They have now been updated to Android 7 Nougat, so, Daydream app can be installed from the Google Play Store. These phones have a Snapdragon 820 processor with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and 4GB of RAM.
ASUS ZenFone AR
“The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.”
“In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled.”
ASUS Zenfone AR is the first smartphone to have 8GB of RAM packed inside. It also has a Snapdragon 821 processor and a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 resolution. Graphics are handled by a Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, which, when combined with the high-res screen, offer an amazing mobile VR experience.
Huawei Mate 9 Pro + Porsche Design Mate 9
Huawei announced during CES that the more premium of its two Mate 9 flagships, the Pro and Porsche Design would support Daydream in a future update. The news comes via a post on Google’s official blog. These flagships come with Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM, there is plenty inside to power the 2560×1440 pixel display.
ZTE Axon 7
“Google has yet to officially recognise the ZTE Axon 7 as a Daydream ready phone.”
The ZTE Axon 7 was technically the first phone to claim Daydream support, but it took until early February 2017 for the phone to actually get updated to Nougat. With its 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, and 6GB of RAM onboard this phone is a powerhouse.
There are many reasons why current Android flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 do not support Daydream.
“Daydream-ready headsets are designed for the high-quality mobile VR experiences that Daydream enables. Unlike the Google Cardboard viewer, they are designed for extended use. Instead of a trigger button, users interact with VR applications using the Daydream controller.”