Google makes it possible to bring all Android apps to Daydream VR

Doris Richards
September 24, 2018

To go along with this new hardware, Google also mentions new software to play with.

Google's Daydream VR offers one of the best mobile virtual reality experiences, and today they announced a new set of experimental features for developers to use on the Lenovo Mirage Solo to take it even further throughout 2018 and beyond. Using Google's WorldSense technology, See-Through Mode allows you to see everything in front of you in real-time even with the headset on. Google gives a nice little example of this in its blog with two people able to play ping pong through the VR headset. Google is using both to enable users to interact with objects from Google's Poly library, moving and placing them in the real world.

The next feature is very exciting. Google is opening up support to allow for any Android app to be opened within the virtual space within not just the Mirage Solo, but any Daydream Device. As we can see the image below, someone already has Mini Metro up and running in Daydream. Thanks to the newly added support for Android App in VR, devs will also be able to add Daydream VR support to any existing 2D app without having to rewrite the code. This allows users to move their hands more naturally but doesn't require expensive PC-based equipment.

The components and machine learning are used to "accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers", according to Google, which explains why the development is notable. Google created a pair of physical 6DoF controllers that work with the Mirage Solo, and have given them to some lucky developers.

Google is doing this to enable developers a clearer, easier path to making their apps Daydream compatible, perhaps giving them the incentive to perhaps build on the technology and produce something more suited to the space. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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