The evolution of cardboard
When Google announced Google Cardboard, it seemed like a fun experiment. Today VR is fast becoming the next tech battleground, and you can bet that the search giant won’t allow itself to be left behind by its rivals. That’s the motivation for Daydream, Google’s own VR platform that builds on Cardboard and is baked right into Android N, so there’s no need for messy third-party apps to be able to go virtual, though not all phones can handle the new platform since it requires specialized hardware to work.
— Google (@Google) May 18, 2016
Google has announced its first set of hardware partners to make Daydream complaint devices, which include Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel. If that wasn’t enough, Google also designed a Wiimote-like controller to be used with Daydream, allowing for richer, more interactive VR experiences than was possible before.
Of course a software platform and hardware is useless without content – to that end Google is partnering with software developers to create content for Daydream, developers that include New York Times, CNN, HBO, IMAX as well as game publishers like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft.