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Renders Of Google’s New Daydream View Headset Leaked

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

While Google’s upcoming October 4th event is obviously going to be focused around its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets (whose renders just got leaked), the event is also said to introduce some updates to other Google products, one of which is the Google Daydream View virtual reality (VR) headset.

In a post published on Droid-Life, it seems that they managed to get their hands on new renders that are supposedly that of the new Daydream View headset. However it seems that in terms of design, the new View headsets don’t appear to be too different from its predecessor, save for maybe a change in the textiles used to cover the headset, and some new color options.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but Droid-Life claims that the new View headset will cost more than its predecessor at $99, which is $20 more expensive than before. It will also be retaining the remote, so presumably the hike in price has to do with an upgrade in its internals, right? Otherwise we’re not sure how Google could justify the price increase.

In any case we guess we will find out in the next couple of weeks as to what the new View headsets will be bringing to the table, save for new color options, so check back with us then for the details.

Renders Of Google’s New Daydream View Headset Leaked , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.


Google Slashes Prices Of Pixel Phones Ahead Of The Pixel 2

Tyler Lee August 7, 2017

So we know that Google is working on a new Pixel handset in the form of the Pixel 2, but when exactly the phone will be launched remains to be seen. However it seems that we could be getting closer because according to reports, Google has recently slashed the prices of its Pixel handsets.

For example the 32GB Pixel is now priced at $524 which is cheaper by $125 from its original retail price. The Pixel XL on the other hand is now priced at $569 for the 32GB model which is a discount of $200, and it looks like for every Pixel order you make, Google will toss in a free Daydream View headset.

These are pretty good deals and if you’re the type that isn’t particularly fussed about having the latest or greatest smartphone, then getting a couple of hundred bucks off and also getting a free VR headset sounds like a good deal. We’re not sure how long this deal will last for, but presumably Google is trying to clear remaining stock before they start bringing in the new phones.

Like we said there is still no date on when the Pixel 2 handsets will be launched, but the recent price slash and also the leaked photos all seems to suggest that we won’t have to wait too long.

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Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Daydream VR Support Released

Adnan Farooqui August 1, 2017

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are among the few handsets that have support for Google’s nascent Daydream virtual reality platform. When these smartphones were released earlier this year, they did not have support for the platform. Google confirmed at the I/O 2017 conference a few months back that it will release Daydream VR support for these handsets over the summer. Both devices are receiving said update today.

There were signs recently that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will receive this update in the near future. T-Mobile released Daydream VR support for the handsets on its networks a couple of weeks ago. Verizon later did the same.

It has now been confirmed via the official Google VR G+ account that the Daydream VR update is now being rolled out for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. This doesn’t appear to be an over-the-air update so it’s not like Galaxy S8 owners will have to install the update manually.

Google appears to have made a server-side change in order to enable Samsung’s 2017 flagship to work with the Daydream virtual reality platform. The Daydream app can now be installed on the aforementioned devices, it’s available as a free download from the Google Play Store.

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Galaxy S8 Daydream VR Support Included In Latest Verizon Update

Adnan Farooqui July 25, 2017

Verizon is rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on its network which brings the much-awaited Daydream VR support for these handsets. Daydream is Google’s nascent virtual reality platform. The company has released several apps and even a headset, however, the platform’s reach has been limited given that only a handful of devices have support for it at this point in time.

Google has promised to bring support for the Daydream platform to more devices in the coming months. A server-side change will likely be required before the Galaxy S8 is fully compatible with Daydream.

Verizon has rolled out firmware update version G950USQU1AQG4 and G955USQU1AQG4 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively. The firmware release brings support for Google’s Daydream VR platform as well as the headset.

The update will also enable users to send animated GIFs during phone calls, however, they will only be able to do this if they have the “Profile Sharing” setting from the Contacts tab enabled.

The July security update is included in this release as well so it brings all of the crucial fixes for the vulnerabilities that were patched in the most recent security release from Google.

Verizon is rolling out this update over-the-air for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. It’s obviously going to take some time before this update becomes available for all users across the country.

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Google Promises At Least 11 Daydream VR Smartphones By End 2017

Tyler Lee July 25, 2017

Google is interested in virtual reality (VR) technology, so much so that they launched their own VR platform called Daydream. They also tried to tie this in with their smartphones and Android platform by making sure that devices were compatible. However in terms of how many Daydream compatible devices are out there, there aren’t that many to be honest.

However this is expected to change because during Alphabet’s earnings call, Google’s CEO and now Alphabet board member Sundar Pichai has revealed that the company is promising that there will be at least 11 Daydream VR smartphones by the end of the year. Exactly what phones these are remains to be seen, but presumably at least two will be Google’s 2017 Pixel smartphones.

Google’s Daydream is more akin to Samsung’s Gear VR system rather than other VR platforms like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. This is because it does not require users to be tethered to a computer, but rather it uses the user’s smartphone to act as the VR delivery system, together with the Daydream View headset.

Like we said Google’s interest in VR is hardly a secret and we’ve seen the company experiment with various facets of VR, including how to best deliver ads while in virtual reality.

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Google Wants To Use VR As A Training Platform

Tyler Lee July 21, 2017

Virtual reality (VR) technology might seem like a pretty obvious candidate when it comes to video games and entertainment purposes, but could it be used for more than that? That’s what Google thinks, and at the company’s Daydream Labs, they are testing out the possibility that VR could be used as a training platform to teach skills.

To test this out, Google tried to teach participants how to make coffee using an espresso machine. One group was taught how to pull a shot virtually using a 3D model of an espresso machine that reacts similarly to one in real-life, along with a detailed tutorial on how to use it. The other group were simply told to watch YouTube videos in order to learn how to make coffee.

Both groups were also given as much time as they needed to learn and familiarize themselves with the process before actually making coffee. According to Google’s findings, it seems that the group that trained in VR took less time than the group watching the YouTube tutorials. According to Google, “People assigned to watch the YouTube tutorial normally did so three times, and people who took the VR training normally went through it twice.”

When it came to the actual test, Google also found that those trained in VR made less mistakes and took less time to pull a shot of espresso. Based on this it seems like training in VR has the potential, but Google is quick to note that it’s impossible to tell from just one experiment, but it seems like the potential is there.

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Google Experimenting With New Ad Formats For Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee June 28, 2017

For the most part, a lot of Google’s services and products are free to use which probably explains how they’ve managed to amass so many customers over the years. Granted there are some paid Google services, but unless you’re an enterprise user or a power user, most of the time you can get away with using Google’s free options.

Of course the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” rings pretty true as Google makes money through ads, and it seems that if you’re hoping that maybe virtual reality (VR) will be ad-free, sorry to say but that doesn’t look like it as Google has announced at the company is experimenting with new ad formats designed for VR over at their Area 120 incubator.

One of the examples they’ve come up with comes in the form of a cube that sits at the bottom of an app, and clicking on it or gazing on it for a few seconds will cause it to spring up and expand. “Developers and users have told us they want to avoid disruptive, hard-to-implement ad experiences in VR. So our first idea for a potential format presents a cube to users, with the option to engage with it and then see a video ad. By tapping on the cube or gazing at it for a few seconds, the cube opens a video player where the user can watch, and then easily close, the video.”

This is presumably just one of the ideas Google is experimenting with now, and to be fair we guess it isn’t a bad one as it isn’t particularly disruptive, and users have the choice of interacting with it. Whether or not this is something that gets implemented remains to be seen, but what do you guys think?

Google Experimenting With New Ad Formats For Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.


Google’s Daydream Elements Highlights Best VR Practices

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

With virtual reality (VR) technology being relatively new and slowly gaining momentum, we guess there is still quite a lot of things that developers have yet to figure out, such as what is the best way to design an app for VR and how can it deliver the best experience? The good news for developers is that Google is here to help.

The company has recently released an app called Daydream Elements. This app is clearly designed for developers in mind and it basically highlights the best VR practices that developers can adopt when creating content. “Daydream Elements is a collection of tech demos that showcase principles and best practices for developing high-quality VR experiences. The core mechanics in each demo are built to be easily configurable and reusable for your own applications.”

As you can see in the screenshot above, the app will discuss various topics related to VR and how to best approach them. This includes movement within the virtual world, designing the menus and virtual controls that can be used, along with rendering and lighting. Given that motion sickness is a potential problem when donning VR headsets, we reckon that these guidelines might be important especially for newbie developers getting into the VR game.

If you’re interested in checking it out, then head on over to the Google Play Store for the download, but note that you will need a Daydream compatible handset and a headset viewer to really take advantage of the app.

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HTC And Lenovo Working On Google’s Standalone VR Headsets

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017

It has long been rumored that Google might come out with its own standalone virtual reality headset. A standalone VR headset doesn’t require a smartphone to function. All of the components that it needs to function are integrated within the headset itself. At I/O 2017 today, Google confirmed that it’s working with HTC and Lenovo on standalone VR headsets.

These headsets will have support for a new tracking technology called WorldSense. It provides positional tracking which means that the headset will be capable of tracking the user’s precise movements in space. It does this without requiring any external sensors.

Google has worked with Qualcomm to create a standalone headset reference design that partners like HTC and Lenovo can use as a blueprint to build their own headsets on. Both manufacturers are working on similar devices which will be the first ones to come out later this year.

The company only shared a sketch of the standalone VR headset at I/O 2017 today. It appears to be accompanied by a controller similar to what we get with the Daydream View headset. No confirmed release date has been provided as yet by Google.

When the headsets do arrive, they will require no smartphone or PC to function. Everything needed to power a virtual reality experience will be integrated into the headset itself. More details about these headsets will be revealed in the coming months.

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Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017

Tyler Lee May 16, 2017

Google’s interest in virtual reality (VR) is pretty well-known, what with the launch of the Google Cardboard headset and the Daydream platform. In fact last year it was rumored that Google could be throwing their hat into the ring with a dedicated VR headset similar to that of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and the Sony PlayStation VR.

However after several months of rumors, it was then suggested that Google might have given up their plans, or did they? According to an exclusive report from Variety, they claim to have heard from multiple sources that the project isn’t quite as dead as we had been previously led to think. In fact it seems that the project has been coming along rather nicely and that Google could very well unveil a dedicated VR headset at Google I/O 2017 which will be kicking off this week from the 17-19th of May.

What makes this headset different from Cardboard or the Daydream View is that it will not require the use of a smartphone to power it. This means that it should be able to reach a wide audience who might not necessarily own a smartphone that is Daydream ready or compatible with Cardboard.

However the report notes that it is unclear as to what software will be used to power this headset, whether it be Android or maybe something completely new of Google’s own making, but until we hear it from Google officially, take it with a grain of salt for now.

Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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