by Adrian Diaconescu | June 3, 2016 3:45 AM
While Google confirmed at the I/O developer conference last month that fall 2016 is the ETA of its “high quality mobile virtual reality” Daydream platform, the search giant didn’t say when actual supporting phones manufactured by partners Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi would land. And mind you, current-gen Android flagships, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and even Google’s own Nexus 6P, are pretty much guaranteed to not work with the final, consumer variant of Daydream. But the recently unveiled ZTE Axon 7 will, according to its producing company, ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | May 30, 2016 6:48 AM
Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot. But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | May 27, 2016 9:20 AM
You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...
by Jules Wang | May 26, 2016 2:46 PM
As part of its Axon 7 launch, ZTE also decided to throw along its new ZTE VR headset. Like most other basic headsets — ahem, Gear VR — you just plug your Axon 7 into the headset and you get up and running. The ZTE VR headset has a nine-axis gyroscope for a refined viewing experience. It also has a few buttons, a capacitive touch pad and all of this is supposedly Daydream-compatible, too. Perhaps as manufacturers are able to create a UI skin on top of Android, those same manufacturers are able to create their own experiences on top of Daydream. But that's just speculation on our part. ...
by Adam Doud | May 21, 2016 12:00 PM
Now that Google I/O has come and gone again, it’s time to focus our attention about 9 miles to the south to Cupertino. At I/O, Google revealed quite a few nice things and also left some questions unanswered. But it’s the nice things we want to talk about today, and specifically the nice things that Google now has, and Apple does not. Because like the Joneses with the spiffy new riding mower, Google now has the shiny on the other side of the fence, and you have to wonder if Apple is cowering behind the curtains grasping its binoculars and cursing. All metaphors aside, Apple is the other ...
by Adam Doud | May 20, 2016 10:30 AM
Yesterday, we asked Google a series of questions that weren't answered to our satisfaction at Google I/O's keynote. But we’re not completely negative Nellies here at Pocketnow. But while that list of questions is pretty long, the list of great things coming out of Google I/O thus far is pretty great in and of itself. So, to balance the negative with the positive, here are nice things from Google I/O that have impressed us here at Pocketnow. Split screen It has been asked for for years. Samsung has been doing it, first on the Note, then on the S-series of phones. So we all asked Google to ...
by Jules Wang | May 19, 2016 2:01 PM
Google expanded its Cardboard VR efforts with the announcement of its Daydream project at I/O yesterday. But while manufacturers are working off of the reference designs for the requisite headset and controller right now, Google itself has gone on to confirm that it's making its own headset and controller. Clay Bavor, chief of VR at the company, made the announcement at an I/O presentation called "VR at Google". It's the second original manufacturing push for Mountain View in recent history, at least when it comes to mobile — it had designed and built the Pixel C tablet last year. ...
by Juan Carlos Bagnell | May 18, 2016 4:12 PM
Before the Google I/O keynote, we were awash in rumors pointing to a standalone virtual reality headset coming from Google. You always have to be careful with those rumors, as the reality of Google's VR strategy doesn't seem to hinge on the same high end hardware that Oculus and the HTC Vive utilize. Moving forward we'll be talking about Daydream as the next evolution of the Cardboard experiment. In terms of hardware, Google isn't making a headset, but instead is offering a set of guidelines and reference designs for developers to take advantage of. The hot new addition? A motion sensitive ...
by Jules Wang | May 18, 2016 2:26 PM
"VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...
by Taylor Martin | August 26, 2013 7:06 PM
Jelly Bean has brought many new and very useful features to Android in the last year. One of the most understated, however, is Daydream. Buried in the display settings, Daydream mode is essentially a screensaver that can be triggered when your Android device is docked or sleeping. But with the help of third-party developers, Daydream can be much more useful. It can be used as a bedside clock, a news feed reader on your desk, or a slideshow viewer. Watch this video to see what the best Daydream mode apps are!
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