Google Is Building a New Virtual Reality Headset

Laverne Mann
May 20, 2017

Google today said it has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a new standalone Daydream VR head set based on the San Diego based chip maker's latest mobile platform Snapdragon 835.

Google has reportedly been working on the headset for more than a year.

Meanwhile, HTC has also confirmed to release the new Daydream VR headset. But the company, better-known for its manufacture of Android phones, said in a statement that "Vive represents the best VR experience in market, whether it is PC-powered or stand-alone devices". This is according to Google's VR team, though the team does note that they won't have any say in the final cost, and the price point could change depending on what hardware is used to build the headsets. Google VP for VR, Clay Bavor announced the next flagship of LG will support the Google VR headset.

At its I/O developer conference, the company said Wednesday it's working with Qualcomm Inc. on a sample design so other manufacturers can build headsets that don't require a connection to a smartphone or high-powered computer.

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Bavor also provided some updates for Google Daydream View, the VR headset that works with compatible smartphones that went on sale last November.

Unlike the now available VR headsets, the newly revealed ones will feature in-built Daydream standards to let users enjoy VR without the use of cables or smartphones stacked inside them.

The company announced its seemingly ubiquitous web browser will soon come to Google's Daydream VR platform, giving us a chance to scroll through our favorite sites and spend even more time online while wearing the headset. Daydream standalone VR headsets... are a step in the right direction. Google has rewarded HTC and Lenovo to distribute the finished products by the end of the year.

"We've got to remove more of the friction in using these devices". In related news, Google is also coming up with the second iteration of the Tango-enabled phone, the Asus Zenfone AR.

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