Google Discontinues The Daydream VR Headset

Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform is no longer officially supported by the company. The company confirmed that it will no longer be updating the Daydream software, and it will also no longer sell the Daydream View mobile headset.

Google has slowed down Daydream for a while. There was no mention of Daydream at the company’s I/O 2018 developers conference nor its hardware event last year. “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 spokesperson said. Although the system had potential, “we noticed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution,” said the spokesperson. “Most notably, asking people to put their phone in a headset and lose access to the apps they use throughout the day causes immense friction.”

Google launched the Daydream View alongside the first Pixel phone in 2016, and several other phone makers, including Samsung and added support for it over the years. After product rollouts in 2016, Google quickly abandoned its VR efforts. Google has shown a pivot from VR after Apple’s announcement of ARKit and turned its AR platform Tango into ARCore, an AR developer platform. “We’re investing heavily in helpful AR experiences like Google Lens, AR walking navigation in Maps, and AR in Search that use the smartphone camera to bridge the digital and physical worlds, helping people do more with what they see and learn about the world around them,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Since Facebook has still continued to VR efforts, especially with the new release of Oculus Quest 2, Google is now not a part of it with Daydream.

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