Google to Have 11 Daydream-Ready Phones by Year's End

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Google to Have 11 Daydream-Ready Phones by Year's End

However, given that not all handsets feature the hardware required to run the VR platform, expect the roster to be fleshed out a little more come this year's IFA Conference in Berlin. But only few years later, big-name tech manufacturers are in a tight competition to deliver devices that are capable of offering as real a virtual experience as imaginably possible, and do not feel heavy or unnatural on your face. If Pichai's words are any indication, Google's upcoming refresh of the Pixel line-up will include a couple of Daydream compatible phones to reach the number 11.

Moreover, the Asus ZenFone AR, which Asus plans to release later this summer, will support Daydream at launch. It's a solid platform for anyone looking to have a bit of VR fun. Samsung famously announced Daydream support will be coming to its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and that's just started rolling out as a software update.

Back in the previous year, Google revealed the Daydream View VR headset.

As things stand today, there are only four Daydream-compatible models to choose from: Google's own Pixel handsets, Motorola's Moto Z, Huawei's Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, and ZTE's Axon 7. This means that some Android enthusiasts could soon be able to stick their phones into the View device and trip into the virtual realm, as they clutch onto the touch controller that accompanies the headset.

However, only a small number of Android smartphones are now Daydream certified.

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