Google Ink Deals With Samsung, LG, Lenovo + HTC To Boost VR Bid

On the second day of Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced an update for its Daydream VR platform, which has been christened as Daydream Euphrates. In addition it revealed that Samsung's new Galaxy S8 devices will now work with Google's budget Daydream headset. The headsets will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo and feature positional tracking, which recognizes movement as people walk around.

For a higher performance for the standalone Daydream VR headset, Google will be working with Qualcomm and use the company's Snapdragon 835 processor. On-board sensors in the headsets will enable inside-out tracking, which will remove the need to connect to any external hardware. While a release date for Google's system is still forthcoming, clearly we won't have to wait much longer for the virtual world to reach that next level of freedom. Although the efforts of this new virtual reality ecosystem were seen previous year with the Daydream View, what's coming next is much more compelling. Considering the new VR headsets feature hardware typically found in the fastest smartphones of today, we do not believe "Daydream Standalone VR" will come cheap. The Gear VR and Sony's PlayStation VR lead the way, but with only 7% of respondents saying they're interested. "Getting into VR is as easy as picking them up", Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google, said in a Medium post. That said, the end cost will ultimately be up to the companies that are making the headsets which in this case is HTC's Vive team, as well as Lenovo. Tango was used in the creation of WorldSense and it also backs Google's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS). So, for example, if you are playing a game in virtual reality, the other person in the room will be able to see what you're seeing. It works initially with a handful of partner museums and the US DIY store Lowe's. Oculus made a strategic mistake with a very affordable (obviously subsidized) development kit, and then jacked the price of retail devices.

  • Arturo Norris