Google Nexus 5X is the last budget phone to come from the search engine giant following the switch to the high-end Pixel phones.
The launch of the Google Pixel came with the launch of Daydream VR, Google’s take on the on-going virtual reality craze. According to the search engine company, the 2016 flagship is compatible with Daydream VR out of the box. While the update to Android Nougat brought support for this feature on Google Nexus 6P, the story was not the same for the budget Google Nexus 5X.
In a new report coming from a Reddit user, it is possible to enjoy Daydream VR experiences on a Google Nexus 5X phone. In fact, this is not all, as the same user adds that this feature can be supported on other non-Google phones as long as they are running Android 7.0 Nougat. One thing you need to know is that this update has nothing to do with Google or the said manufacturers of non-Google devices and as such, it cannot be guaranteed that this will indeed work on all devices using the latest Nougat software.
Even though it has been seemingly confirmed that Google Nexus 5X can support Daydream VR, there is a catch. If you are okay with rooting your device, this is for you. However, if you are still struggling with understanding what rooting really is, better keep off this section for your own good. But this will also mean that you don’t get to enjoy the new Daydream View VR headset.
It is not a guarantee that the feature will work on all Google Nexus 5X devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat. Some users might have different results, but it is unlikely if all the steps are followed correctly to the latter. The Reddit user has detailed out some very simple steps to follow in installing the tweak on your Nexus 5X phone and once done, you’ll need to reboot the phone for the changes to be implemented. From here, you will be able to download and install the Daydream VR app and other VR apps meant to work with the Google-owned platform.
Apparently, someone using an LG V20 has already gotten the feature working on their phone. Just so you should know, the V20 was the first phone in the market to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. In short, you can try this method on other devices running the latest Android OS, but keep in mind that the phone must be rooted in order for this to work.