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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Google Daydream VR

Somewhat of a surprise given how Google is so emerging tech.     But more of a confirmation of a very niche market?   Not enough consumer uptake.   We saw an early demo and it was impressive. 

Google's Daydream VR experiment is over
Its latest phones don't support the platform and it's discontinuing Daydream View headsets.
By Kris Holt, @krisholt 

Google is bringing the Daydream VR experiment to a close. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it announced today don't support the platform, and it won't sell Daydream View headsets anymore. The Daydream app and store will still work for people with other Pixel devices, however.

"[There hasn't] been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we've seen decreasing usage over time of the Daydream View headset," a Google spokesperson told Engadget in a statement. "So while we are no longer selling Daydream View or supporting Daydream on Pixel 4, the Daydream app and store will remain available for existing users."

Google cited "clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution." Namely, when people dropped their phones into headsets, that prevented them from using other apps. The company plans to continue working on augmented reality with features such as AR walking directions in Maps, AR experiences in Search and Google Lens.   .... "

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