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These smartphones now support Daydream

Daydream View, Google’s virtual reality platform, was first released in November 2016, along with a VR headset and controller, with the intention that upcoming phones which meet the technical and software requirements would be able to use the feature. Google would stand to profit from its Daydream view VR headset as other manufacturers incorporate this functionality into their smartphones. The most recent phone to announce its compatibility with Daydream is the Samsung Galaxy S8 (and the S8+ of course).

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Just a few days after its launch, Samsung had already sent out an update to Galaxy S8 owners however it's taken until now for it to finally roll out an update to support Daydream. So if you're the proud owner of a Galaxy S8, sit tight, the update is coming to you and you'll soon be able to have a go at VR gaming. 

The criteria for smartphones to be ready for Google’s virtual reality platform is that they must have high resolution displays, excellent graphics and spot-on sensors to track head movement. Only a small group of recent phones have the specs, but the list is growing as more high-end smartphones are released onto the market in 2017. We’ll add to this list as compatible devices are announced.

Smartphones with Daydream

Lowest price: Google Pixel

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Lowest price: Google Pixel XL

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Lowest price: Lenovo Moto Z

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These devices mostly come with WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) displays (aside from the Pixel which has Full HD)  and are powered by very powerful processors, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820,821 and 835 and the HiSilicon Kirin 960. We expect to see more devices with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor to be added to the list, providing they also fulfill the other technical and software requirements.

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The Moto Z, with its update to Android Nougat, is one of the phones to be Daydream-ready. / © AndroidPIT

The Snapdragon 835 is said to have more rendering power compared to previous chips, with reduced latency of 20 percent, an increase in color space of 60 times, scene and object-specific sound and DSD (Direct Stream Digital) audio. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 can track hand movement, which is then incorporated into VR apps.

Is Daydream and VR a feature you want in your next Android smartphone? Would you buy a VR headset?



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  • rAimnel Jan 9, 2017 Link to comment

    OK I'm one that gets nauseous when I use the VR, so it's not very fun for me, but really there's not a lot of apps for it anyway. Maybe now that more phones r compatible with it, we'll have more apps?? Plus my phone gets REALLY hot when I use the VR ( even without a phone case on my phone)

  • overrated feature......wat is the use of big LED tvs homw theatres u have in ur home.

  • Dean L. Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Nice to know that more than just the Google Pixel can be used daydream giving us options.

  • and i think that must for everyone buy this technology for a beautiful experience

  • actually i have one VR .. and i live a best experience after using it

  • i think in the future all Smartphones will be using this beautiful technologie like Daydream or VR

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