25 July 2017
We know that the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships are feature-rich and powerful. They are capable of running almost every Android app and service, even if it is graphic intensive and has some specific hardware requirements. But it looks like Samsung has decided not to support Google's Daydream VR platform for some reason.
As reported by VRHeads, both Galaxy S8 and S8+ are incompatible with Daydream VR. It means you can't install Daydream VR app on these devices. And if you try to do so, you are welcomed with an error message mentioning that the app is not compatible with these new Galaxy flagship devices.
It should be noted that Google's Daydream platform requires Android devices to meet a certain hardware configuration criteria for supporting it. And it goes without saying that new Galaxy flagships are way more powerful than the minimum requirement but it seems like Samsung did not add the support intentionally.
While the exact reason behind the decision is unknown, it might have something to do with Samsung's partnership with Oculus, the biggest VR company and also the manufacturer of the Gear VR headset. One reason to believe this is that both Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a toggle to enable Gear VR support.
There is no doubt that Google's Daydream platform is not as powerful as the Gear VR, both in terms of capabilities and compatible apps/services. But it would have been good to have the support. And even though it can always be added by Samsung in the future via update, nothing can be said for sure at the moment.