25 July 2017
Google at its I/O 2017 conference provided more details on the Daydream Platform, AR, and VR and how they are investing in these areas to make them accessible to more and more people. On the first day of their Keynote, Google explained that their Daydream platform will soon support a new type of headset. And, this headset will be a standalone VR headset, thanks to the Qualcomm with the collaboration of whom this has become possible. Also, they have come up with a new tech in the area of AR that takes care of the indoor positioning in contrary to the GPS.
Next day, Google put more details on these areas and explained how they are continuously working to make the experience more seamless. Google explained that the WorldSense, which is a new tracking technology for the standalone headsets is derived from Tango. Google will soon target the classrooms with Tango, with the help of which students can have a shared experience of digital objects, like the rings of Saturn or an erupting volcano, just right in the classroom.
Also, Google shared its plans to update their Daydream platform to version 2.0, which is codenamed as the 'Euphrates.' This version will be available to all the Daydream-ready phones, including the newly added family members Galaxy S8, S8+ and even the upcoming LG V30.
The new update of the Daydream will bring a plethora of new features for the users.
The new update will improve the user interface and the home screen will also be tweaked with a new content guide. The dashboard will add an access to the Settings and notifications.
The biggest feature is the cast support, which will allow the users to stream the content on the big screen.
Google says with the help of the new update of Daydream 2.0, you will be able to capture what you’re seeing and cast your virtual world right onto the screen so that other could see what you’re experiencing. This works better than the HTC Vive where the capability is already available. HTC Vive uses the wired approach; this needs a cord to connect to a TV, but Daydream’s approach is simple to adopt a wireless casting.
Also, soon you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos in VR with other people and share the experience in the same virtual space.
Furthermore, Google is making a full version of Chrome especially for virtual reality. This means the users will be able to use the Chrome browser while in the virtual reality with the help of Daydream controller. Also, the users will be able to access all their bookmarks, thanks to the WebVR content that allows the full Chrome Sync capabilities.
Google also announced new capabilities and tools for the developers with the help of which they can provide more intuitive experience to their users via the apps. Google brings Instant Preview feature, with the help of which the developers can make changes on a computer and see them reflected on a headset in seconds, not even minutes, hence this makes the development in VR faster.
Google also brings a new technology for the developers known as Seurat, which is named after the great French painter. This tech helps the developers to render high-fidelity scenes on mobile VR headsets in the real time. Also, the developers can distribute their creations to anyone and that too regardless of device, whether it’s desktops, phones, or VR and AR-enabled devices.
Chrome VR (Chrome browser for VR) is coming to Daydream this summer. Google said they will also support the AR for webs too.