Tuesday in CE: Google Promises More Daydream Phones by End of 2017
During an earnings call on Monday, Google CEO and newly-appointed Alphabet board member Sundar Pichai spoke to analysts about the company’s plans for developing the Daydream platform. Specifically, and perhaps most importantly to analysts and consumers, Pichai offered some hope for the platform, saying that there will be 11 Android smartphones on the market by the end of the year that support Daydream.
Released last summer during Google’s I/O developers conference, Daydream is Google’s VR platform that can turn a smartphone into a standalone VR machine, no computers or bulky cables required. The unveil also included Google’s stylish and comfortable-to-wear Daydream VR headset.
The only issue to date has been the fact that Daydream availability is fairly limited. As is stands, there are only four Daydream-compatible Android models: Google’s Pixel Phone, the Motorola Moto Z, Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro/Porsche Design Mate 9, and ZTE’s Axon 7. Samsung’s S8 and S8 Plus didn’t ship with Daydream support, but it’s being added via a software update that appears to be rolling out now.