Google is rolling out its Daydream VR platform on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, fulfilling its early promise this year. The expansion is a great boost for the Daydream platform, which was launched last year for the Google Pixel.
Previously, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus could only use VR apps with Samsung and Oculus’ $129 Gear VR. However, they can now also try out Google’s $79 Daydream View, which supports its own set of apps. These two options offer similar VR experience, but each of them has its own exclusive apps and games, and their hardware looks and feels very different. Earlier this year, it was concluded that “the Samsung Gear VR’s app ecosystem still made it a better choice than Daydream” (Robertson, 2017). However, this update will give developers an incentive to build for Google’s platform.
Daydream has been accessible on the HTC-built Google Pixel, as well as smartphones from Huawei, Asus, ZTE, and Lenovo. But none of these manufacturers have the reach of Samsung, which meant that relatively few people could access Daydream. Google has promised a total of 11 phones with Daydream support by the end of the year, including a flagship device from LG.