Galaxy S8, S8+ Will Support Daydream VR Later This Year

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Meanwhile, Google said consumers should expect the Asus Zenfone AR, a second-generation phone that uses Google's Project Tango technology, to go on sale this summer.

This year at Google I/O 2017, Google revealed a partnership with Qualcomm that lead to the creation of a new reference design for Daydream HMD makers.

What do you think of Google's VR efforts? Google is working on standalone headsets with Lenovo Group Ltd. and HTC Corp., the company said. These headsets will be coming sometime later this year. Everything from the screen, the optics, the ergonomics, and the performance characteristics are tailored for the best possible VR experience. Not that Daydream is going nowhere, but I nearly wonder if having a standalone platform will help the reputation - and ability to sell content - for mobile-based VR.

What's unclear is whether these standalone VR devices will be self-contained, like the HoloLens, processing everything on the device.

The new device would require no phone.

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Meanwhile, Google has been steadily building up its collection of tools for creating VR content.

Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset.

That's a bit of a surprise, although the Chinese OEM's Moto Z is still one of very few non-Google smartphones capable of connecting to the Daydream platform. The company says each headset will feature Vr-optimized displays, optics, and sensors.

The latter is especially remarkable because Samsung's existing relationship with Oculus on Samsung's Gear VR headset.

This is the first standalone headset to use Google's Daydream platform, which the search giant announced would be available for phone/PC-free devices during its Google IO event.

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