Huawei Developing Daydream-ready Phone, Coming by the End of the Year
Huawei is reportedly building a new device that adheres to Google’s Android Daydream specifications. What’s more interesting is that this Daydream-ready phone will arrive as soon as by the end of the year.
This is according to Huawei director Richard Yu who told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that the Taiwanese smartphone maker will offer customers a Daydream-ready phone by this autumn.
“Huawei is also pushing further into new technologies such as virtual reality. Based on its partnership with Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which provides a VR software platform, the company plans to release a new VR-compatible smartphone this fall,” Yu said.
As part of the upcoming Google Android N update, Daydream is a mobile VR platform that was recently announced by Google at its I/O keynote. It is basically a set of specifications for both hardware and software of your phone that aim to not only make virtual reality more accessible but also offer a smoother, lower-latency experience.
Daydream platform seems to be a much more sophisticated version of Google Cardboard, offering redesigned Google apps tailored for VR, and even a dedicated Google Play Store for VR.
Yu also noted that Huawei will continue integrating dual-cameras made with Leica, as featured on P9. The phone maker intends to continue its partnership with Leica for the next five years at least.
Huawei is among the first manufacturers to announce a release date for its Daydream-ready phone. Others that have confirmed working on the platform include Samsung, HTC, LG, Asus, ZTE, Xiaomi and Alcatel. They may build their own VR headsets to Daydream standards, as well.