Google has hammered the ultimate nail within the coffin for its Daydream digital actuality (VR) platform following an announcement that Android 11 won’t help the VR platform’s app. It’s a unhappy finish to Google’s cellular VR ambitions that began again in 2016.
The search large said the Daydream VR app is not supported by Google and it might not work correctly on units working on the newest variations of Android. Regardless of not receiving updates, Google says that customers can nonetheless entry third-party VR apps by way of the Play Retailer.
Again in 2016, Google was bullish that VR would turn out to be a part of the Android platform and it launched its first Pixel cellphone with Daydream help. Nevertheless, it struggled to ascertain a person base partly as a consequence of technical limitations and partly from lack of trade push and steerage.
The general expertise on the platform was additionally clunky and crude. Finally, it failed to satisfy expectations that unreasonably in contrast Daydream to the likes of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
The demise of Daydream hardly comes as a shock because the search large deserted the VR platform final 12 months after it confirmed to The Verge that it will not promote the Daydream View cellular headset and the Pixel four would additionally drop help. Again in Might 2020, Samsung additionally bowed out from the cellular VR race because it introduced it was phasing out help for its XR and VR video shoppers.
Daydream’s demise might be attributed to the truth that expertise has progressed to the stage the place standalone headsets such because the Oculus Quest 2 can function with all the pieces inbuilt, no cellphone required.
Including to that, Google has not been so smitten by VR because it as soon as was. It has since joined Apple on the Augmented Actuality (AR) bandwagon and has been busy including new options to its current apps.
Google’s retreat from the area will little doubt cement Fb’s place within the client VR panorama because it continues to push ahead with its Oculus platform.
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