Regardless of spectacular specs Google’s new Pixel four cellphone doesn’t work with its Daydream VR platform. Google confirmed in an announcement it’s ending gross sales for its Daydream View which allowed you to fit in a sequence of Android-based telephones and revel in a easy 3DoF VR expertise.
The decrease finances Pixel 3a debuted earlier this 12 months with out assist for the platform and we’ve seen a sequence of exits from Google of VR-focused researchers over the previous few years. We reached out to Google for affirmation and obtained the next assertion from a spokesperson over electronic mail:
We noticed plenty of potential in smartphone VR—having the ability to use the smartphone you carry with you all over the place to energy an immersive on-the-go expertise. However over time we seen some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term answer. Most notably, asking individuals to place their cellphone in a headset and lose entry to the apps they use all through the day causes immense friction.
There additionally hasn’t been the broad client or developer adoption we had hoped, and we’ve seen reducing utilization over time of the Daydream View headset. Whereas we’re now not promoting Daydream View or supporting Daydream on Pixel four, the Daydream app and retailer will stay out there for current customers.
We’re investing closely in useful AR experiences like Google Lens, AR strolling navigation in Maps, and AR in Search that use the smartphone digital camera to bridge the digital and bodily worlds, serving to individuals do extra with what they see and be taught in regards to the world round them.
Updates to return.