Google partners Qualcomm To Develop Daydream VR Headset

Google partners Qualcomm To Develop Daydream VR Headset

Google has sunk more energy into turning around its low-to-middle tier Daydream VR experience, announcing a slew of partnerships relating to the virtual reality headset.

The move marks a major evolution of Daydream, which launched as a platform for compatible smartphones in October alongside a motion-sensitive controller and phone-cradle headset.

"We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform", said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Unsurprisingly, Google made no concrete announcements regarding the upcoming device's price or release date, but we aren't completely in the dark. This VR-and-VR-only experience is viewed as an evolution from the original "Mobile VR" ecosystem Google established previous year, accessed through certain other "Mobile VR" headsets using head mount-adapters for smartphones.

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Google's annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off this week and ahead of the event whispers have emerged that the firm plans to unwrap a standalone VR headset. YouTube is also getting a VR space where you can connect with friends and watch videos as if you were in the same room. Neither headset has been named, but HTC's model appears to incorporate both its own "Vive" trademark, as well as the Google "Daydream" name. The company intends to "deliver the most premium standalone headset and user experience", and says it'll have more information "soon".

There's also Seurat - named after the French post-Impressionist painter - a technology which allows for high-fidelity scenes to be rendered on mobile VR headsets. The update is codenamed Daydream Euphrates and it will be available to all phones with Daydream support later this year. So, you can check notifications, see a web browser, and more while in VR.

Tango is also one of the core technologies behind the company's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices understand their location indoors. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe's stores.

It was bound to happen, and it has now with the Google I/O conference.

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