Sources say Google quit its own VR headset to focus on Daydream
Rumors have been blowing up the perception of Google’s ambitions to manufacture its own products. Sure, it’s made its own Chromecasts, it’s going to make its own Google Home smart assistant, but what about that Pixel C tablet? How about a phone? Two Android Wear Watches?
It seemed like the giant was about to encroach upon the tiny partner manufacturers it relied on to deliver a standard Google software experience.
The company announced at its I/O conference in May a virtual reality platform called Daydream, a more advanced version of Cardboard. It also said that it would be making its own VR headset.
There’s now word through sources to Re/code that it has ended work on that headset as part of streamlining measures. The company is said to be focusing on services and content for its mobile VR platforms as opposed to hardware. Google declined comment when asked of the rumors.
What did we miss out on? One source said that over 50 employees at Google’s X research lab (now an Alphabet spin-off) were working on the headset. It ran on software completely unrelated to Android — possibly as a bid to get a heavy-duty product competing alongside Oculus‘s and HTC‘s setups.
The unit that worked on the headset is “quite big now,” according to Re/code, but its source did not say how big.