Move over, Samsung GearVR. Google’s moving beyond Cardboard alone to bring a more premium virtual reality experience to Android, dubbed Daydream.
Daydream’s composed of several parts. Google’s baking “VR Mode” directly into Android N, with a notification system built for VR along with software tweaks to ensure sub-20-millisecond latency, which is crucial for avoiding nausea. Daydream also requires phones with potent processors and displays with fast response times, so Google’s introducing a new “Daydream-ready” certification for phones that meet those standards.
Finally, Daydream moves beyond Cardboard with custom VR hardware, most notably a headset that presumably packs extra hardware like the GearVR, as well as a motion-sensing controller. Google’s created reference designs of each that it’s sharing with hardware partners. Overall, Daydream’s hardware and software design seems to largely rip off the Oculus Rift’s style.