Huawei to Support Daydream VR

NicoleMotta - May 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Huawei to Support Daydream VR

Google just unveiled its new Daydream VR platform, and Huawei has revealed that it is working on a Daydream device.

(CCM) — Chinese smartphone company Huawei announced that it will be one of the first to support Google's newly unveiled Daydream virtual reality platform. Daydream, which is set to launch for Cardboard this fall, will be available on the next generation of Android devices running Android N. According to Google, Daydream encompasses both hardware and software, but unfortunately, will rely on next-gen specs to work, so current smartphones won't be able to use the platform. "Huawei is excited to be one of the first OEMs to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high performance mobile VR, deepening our collaboration with Google," said Huawei in a statement. "Huawei will introduce devices that enable Daydream experiences, integrating new Huawei Kirin and Qualcomm chipsets. Huawei will have Daydream-ready phones, headsets, and controllers to be announced by the end of 2016."

Huawei is not the only manufacturer planning Daydream devices, according to Google. At I/O on Wednesday, Google said that it has partnered with Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi for devices for the VR platform. According to Google, these manufacturers will provide a range of devices that will be able to run the VR mode out-of-the-box. Daydream promises to reduce VR latency down to 20 milliseconds, which is roughly equal to the DK2 version of the Oculus Rift from a few years ago. Google did not unveil a Daydream headset at the event but did reveal some reference designs for manufacturers. More information on Daydream will be available this fall.

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