It appears like Google Daydream is useless. Google confirmed that the brand new Google Pixel four smartphones won’t help the Daydream digital actuality platform, and can now not promote the Daydream View headset.
“Over time we observed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term answer,” a Google spokesperson stated in an announcement. “We observed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term answer. Most notably, asking folks to place their cellphone in a headset and lose entry to the apps they use all through the day causes immense friction.”
It’s type of a becoming finish for Google Daydream to die alongside the Pixel four. Daydream was first launched as a platform alongside the unique Pixel cellphone, and a lot of smartphone producers added help for it within the following years. That stated, adoption appears to have been comparatively gradual, and no new telephones this 12 months formally help the platform — together with the Pixel 3a that was launched earlier within the 12 months.
After all, simply because Daydream as a platform is on its approach out, that doesn’t imply that digital actuality, normally, is a dying idea. Most main tech firms are investing a ton of money into augmented actuality tech, and far of that’s mobile-based. Apple, for instance, has been placing a ton of labor into ARKit, a set of developer instruments for implementing augmented actuality experiences on the iPhone. Google’s model of that’s ARCore. Most of those AR experiences contain utilizing a cellphone, akin to Wayfair’s app that permits you to see what its furnishings would appear like in your house.
Many of the prime digital actuality experiences as of late contain both connecting a headset to a high-performance laptop for high-end video games, or enjoying barely lower-power video games on stand-alone headsets just like the Oculus Go. Digital actuality headsets could not have hit the mainstream the best way that some firms, like Oculus, would have favored, however in sure niches like immersive gaming, there are some nice apps on provide.
We’ll have to attend and see if Google makes one other try at digital actuality in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. The corporate isn’t any stranger to killing apps and platforms and making an attempt once more later, because it has executed time and time once more in relation to messaging.