The Google Daydream VR platform was made official at the same time the Google Pixel XL was launched at confirmed as the only Daydream-ready phone.
Well, as it appears, more Android OEMs are buying into the idea of Daydream VR and apparently, we have four new members joining the party. Huawei’s new Mate 9 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 9 model are among them while an update of the ZTE Axon 7 to the latest Android Nougat OS makes it Daydream compatible.
One of the major requirements of enjoying Daydream VR is the use of Android Nougat OS. Apart from the ZTE Axon 7, the rest of the new party members are preinstalled with Android Nougat out of the box. In fact, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 were the company’s first devices to come with Android Nougat out of the box back in 2016.
ASUS is also planning its way into the Google Daydream VR platform with a new ZenFone AR. Although not yet released, the phone will be coming in with inborn support for this technology, just like the Google Pixel XL. Furthermore, the ZenFone AR will come equipped with support for Tango, another Google-based AR technology that is currently available only through Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. While it has only been possible to enjoy the Daydream View VR headset with the Google Pixel phone, this latest development now means the headset will now be compatible with these additional phones.
The year 2017 is still fresh and given that this Google Daydream VR platform made its debut towards the end of last year, we expect to see more phones coming in with support for this technology. Other than the new members of ZTE Axon 7, Huawei Porsche Design, Mate 9 Pro, and ZenFone AR, Daydream VR is also supported on the Google Pixel phones alongside the Moto Z flagship.