Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG's next flagship will soon be Daydream-ready

Google has partnered with Qualcomm to lock down standards for the new VR platform and said upcoming consumer headsets from Lenovo and HTC will be out later this year.

He said LG's next flagship smartphone, set to launch later this year, will support Daydream.

Google also revealed today that it's working on standalone VR hardware that won't require a phone or computer to use. Google is working on standalone headsets with Lenovo Group Ltd. and HTC Corp., the company said. That's big news because that's one of the most popular Android phones in the world, yes.

The current HTC Vive requires the sizable headset to be tethered to a substantial PC rig - but the Taiwanese firm has now cut the cord with its more mobile Vive standalone offering. Google also announced during I/O that Samsung's latest smartphones will also be getting Daydream support. These will use a technology called WorldSense, which is described as inside-out tracking.

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What's unclear is whether these standalone VR devices will be self-contained, like the HoloLens, processing everything on the device.

Google's Daydream platform offers reasonably sophisticated VR experiences with gyroscopic orientation tracking and a three-axis motion controller, but Daydream View doesn't offer a spatial tracking or spacial awareness system of any kind.

Google will not be building these headsets itself. Unlike its Daydream headsets, which are powered by a phone, this devices is all self-contained. The company says each headset will feature Vr-optimized displays, optics, and sensors. The headsets are expected to begin hitting the market later this year. Google did not announce any specific release dates or prices.

Google also showcased its Expeditions AR program as part of its educational outreach efforts.

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