Google launched Daydream last year at I/O 2016, making it the company’s first official attempt at mobile VR. Unfortunately, the feature did not quite take off and hardware support from most device manufacturers never came.
If you go to the Daydream website right now, you will see support for six devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Moto Z, Axon 7, Mate 9 Pro and the ZenFone AR, with the Galaxy S8 support still coming even though it was announced back at I/O 2017.
However, the list might be getting a sizable expansion by the end of the year. Sundar Pichai mentioned in the company’s earnings call that he expects to see at least 11 handsets that are Daydream VR compatible by the end of this year. Whether that will happen remains to be seen but it’s not difficult to see that the company’s VR platform isn’t going anywhere in a hurry, with most devices either not being compatible at all due to high system requirements and others being slow to add the feature.
Then again, one could argue that mobile VR or VR in general doesn’t seem to be going anywhere right now.