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Google Daydream View VR and Pixel Phones

Today Google announced the Google Daydream View VR Headset and Pixel Phones. We are focusing on what features the phone provides for Virtual Reality which includes the Daydream VR (Virtual Reality) System and of course the new Headset. 

Lets start with the Phone!

Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones

It is called the Pixel and comes in two sizes. The Pixel is 5.0 inches and the Pixel XL is 5.5 inches which are very nicely sized phones navigate to this website. The first phones will come in three colours, they are “Very Black”, “Really Blue” and “Quite Silver” and they do look sharp.

The Pixel is the first phone released that runs the new Android Nougat Android version. Nougat is the first Android release with a VR platform that we will call the “Daydream VR System” built into it.

The Daydream VR System will have 50 apps available by the end of 2016. There will be hundreds of more apps to follow up on this as we get into 2017.

The first feature to jump out at us that will be handy for Virtual Reality usage is the awesome battery that the Pixel has!  The video playback on these phones will be sitting at around 13 hours which is huge! How will this translate into VR? We do not know yet as we think the Daydream will suck a bit of juice. But the most amazing thing is that you can charge the phone up to 7 hours battery life in just 15 minutes.

What good is a phone for VR if it has a crappy display? Well, fortunately, the Google Pixels come with a Brilliant AMOLED screen with true blacks and 16.77 million colours. So the screen will not be a problem.

The reason that the Daydream VR System will be able to run on these phones is the Processor.

The new Snapdragon 821 AB Quad Core 2 CPU. This packs a mighty punch and enables all the goodies you need Daydream to run effectively on your phone. All new Android phones will be using a new Snapdragon 821 CPU and hence will be fully compatible with the Daydream VR System.

 

Daydream View Headset:

The Headset is made of a strange material for VR Headsets, it is a microfiber material normally used as clothing. So I guess it is a true wearable.

We do not think it is washable though so please do not throw it into the washing machine. In saying that you can take the foam face-mask from within the View and wash it.

It comes in 3 colours at the moment Snow, Slate and Crimson which all look fantastic. 

This Microfiber material makes the Headset 30 percent lighter than other Headsets so this will make it more comfortable when sitting on your face.

The View Headset will also look after the syncing and orientation of the phone once you insert it which will make things a lot easier than adjusting and pulling the phone in and out. 

The Google View Headset will retail at $79USD and we believe it will be $119 in Australia. Pre Orders will be available from October 21st in Australia and Released Early November.

The big draw card to this Headset is the compact VR controller with a clickable track-pad and motion sensors. This will be similar to a Wii Controller so this will be pretty cool and will work well with the new games being released for the Daydream VR System.

This Controller will enable you to bowl, swing bats and clubs, swords and pilot ships so this will be one of the most important parts of the View Headset other than the phone.

The Daydream VR System will have 50 apps available by the end of 2016. There will be hundreds of more apps to follow up on this as we get into 2017.

YouTube has been re-designed and will act as a personal movie theater as will Apps such as Netflix. We are really looking forward to seeing this aspect of it and will be keen to see how it all looks and if it will eliminate some eye fatigue. If fatigue is not an issue it will be brilliant for a Netflix Binge!

Google Maps with its Street View has been revamped as well and you can now tour over 150 of the worlds best and most amazing hotspots. Things like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids will be the types of places available for your personal tour.

 

Street View will also work even better in the Daydream VR System and will be controllable by that Remote control. We understand that it will feel more realistic just walking around New York City or the streets of the Gold Coast.

The Google View Headset will retail at $79USD and we believe it will be $119 in Australia. Pre Orders will be available from October 21st in Australia and Released Early November.

Here is the Google Daydream and Pixel Full Announcements if you want to watch them yourself. Enjoy!

 

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