The end of Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform

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Google has officially abandoned support for the virtual reality platform (Daydream) within the Android operating system 11, which constitutes the latest step in the retirement of the platform.

Over the past few years, the platform has been out of the spotlight, as the platform was shut down for new devices late last year.

The company published an advertisement stating that the latest version of Android does not support the application of the virtual reality platform.

The announcement says: Google no longer supports the (Daydream) virtual reality application, and it may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later.

According to Google, Daydream is no longer supported and will not receive updates, although users may still be able to access third-party virtual reality apps via the Google Play Store.

The company said: Many third-party applications and experiences within Daydream may remain available as separate applications in the Google Play Store, and we do not expect users to lose account information or functions for third-party applications as a result of Google not supporting the Daydream platform.

Google marginalized the virtual reality platform (Daydream), discontinued the Daydream View, and canceled support for new Pixel phones released in 2019. However, it continues to support the (Daydream) app for existing users.

This support appears to be over now, andDaydream was one of two important virtual reality platforms based on the phone, along with Samsung Gear, which no longer exists.

The platform (Daydream) had a symbolic value, as Google emphasized the idea that virtual reality had become part of the Android platform.

The platform has struggled to build a user base or find support across many Android phones, And over the past few years it was just a little-known feature in Google Box.

Google has shifted its focus from virtual reality to augmented reality, but at the same time it continues to support the simpler Cardboard system as an open source project, launching a Unity game plugin in May.

An alternative to Daydream may not come anytime soon, and Google’s decline has helped boost the power of Facebook, whose Oculus platform now dominates the consumer virtual reality field.

Source: Arab portal







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