Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are without a doubt two of the most powerful smartphones ever made. In fact, these two aren’t short of any requirement that Google’s Daydream VR platform asks of devices, however, it appears that Samsung did something here.
Apparently, both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ do not have native support for the Google Daydream VR platform. This has nothing to do with hardware because the two phones meet all the basic requirements needed for VR experiences or rather content. Since the phones are compatible with Samsung Gear VR, it is true that Samsung may have deliberately denied the devices this native support for a platform that can be considered its closest rival.
According to folks at VRHeads, trying to install the Google Daydream app on your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will only result in an error message. Of course, Samsung has no obligation to add native support for Daydream VR on the S8 and S8+, but it would pose a problem for the people who would want to use the phone with a Daydream VR headset or rather access Google’s content.
It could even be more disappointing since Samsung’s collection doesn’t have everything that Google offers, but this doesn’t mean that the latter is ahead of the former. If anything, vice versa is true, with Samsung’s Gear VR platform well ahead of Google’s Daydream.
Maybe Samsung simply doesn’t want people to use the Daydream View headset on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Instead, the tech giant wants the use of its own Gear VR headset, hence the tweaked software. Apparently, VRHeads notes that changing a single line of code in the system permission files of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ does the trick. On the downside, making this tweak needs root access, yet this is not available on the S8, although it shouldn’t be long before it’s available.
Once the code is tweaked, users of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be able to install the Daydream app on their phones as well as access Daydream content. But do keep in mind that messing with the phone’s initial setup basically voids the warranty.