Chrome For Daydream VR Headsets Released With Voice Control
Google has released a specific version of its Chrome browser for use on Daydream virtual reality headsets. Because controlling a browser in VR can be quite a task, the company has integrated a bunch of voice commands to make navigation smoother, although you can use built-in navigation controls as well.
If you have a Daydream compatible phone and virtual reality headset (such as Google’s own Daydream View), you’ll be able to browse the web in VR as well. The specific Chrome app includes all of the features of the regular desktop and mobile apps, with a few added twists for a better VR experience.
You can watch videos in Chrome in Cinema Mode, which focuses on the video instead of the surrounding content. You’ll also be able to sync your Google Account to get access to your personal settings, bookmarks and more.
Aside from Google Daydream devices, this adapted version of Chrome is also available for the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset, which uses the same Daydream platform.
Daydream was announced and released back in 2016 with the goal to create a sort of standard for Android-based virtual reality devices. In the past, Google has experimented with low-cost solutions such as Google Cardboard, and Daydream can be seen as its spiritual successor.
Daydream compatible phones include but are not limited to Google’s own Pixel lineup, latest Huawei smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 series.