Google announces new standalone VR headsets from HTC, Lenovo, and Qualcomm

Google announces new standalone VR headsets from HTC, Lenovo, and Qualcomm

Google Daydream No longer a dream but a reality, a new standalone virtual reality headset is coming with Google Daydream baked inside.

Google is ramping up its work on virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR respectively) with its Daydream platform, having added support for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and revealed partnerships with Lenovo and HTC to build standalone headsets. The hardware features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense.

The announcement in conjunction with Qualcomm regarding Daydream is that the device will be standalone, rather than requiring the Daydream View "mask" - a fabric equivalent of Google Cardboard.

Current VR headsets, including Facebook Inc.'s Oculus Rift and Google's own Daydream system, require a PC or phone. HTC now sells its own VR headset, the Vive, which requires a powerful computer to operate.

Google's getting real help with its virtual reality efforts.

Bavor said Google's new VR headset would be available to the public later in the year. Besides, the first version of Android O developer preview also introduces something called - Adaptive Icons, which basically makes the icon of any third party app to look like the stock Pixel launcher apps.

We haven't exactly heard much with regards to Daydream from Google's partners since the project was first announced a year ago, with the only high-profile devices being Google's own Pixel devices, the LG G6, Moto Z family and the ASUS ZenFone AR.

The price tag may seem expensive, but experiencing high-end VR without being tethered to a beefy PC could encourage people to hand over the cash for one of the headsets. A new Vive headset aims to address those concerns. We'll report back as more details are shared. "WorldSense enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks your precise movements in space - and it does this all without any external sensors to install".

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