Google is working with Qualcomm on the reference design for the standalone VR platform, which will and HTC, maker of the PC-connected Vive headset, and Lenovo will be making the consumer product.

The standalone Daydream VR headset will also come with a new design.

One of the key changes will be an updated interface: Google wants Daydream VR to become more of a full-featured operating system. Samsung's decision to make its technology compatible with Google's is noteworthy considering Samsung sells a competing mobile VR headset, the Gear VR, which requires Samsung smartphones to operate. However, yesterday at the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming "revolutionary" standalone VR headset that aims to change that. LG Electronics Inc.'s next flagship smartphone, expected this fall, will also support the Daydream device, Google said.

The new headsets will differ from current offerings, including Google's own Daydream platform or even Cardboard, in that no smartphone, computer or gaming console will be needed to use the headset.

These devices, made by companies including HTC and Lenovo and supposed to launch this year, will deliver standalone VR experiences.

Along with similar devices from Oculus and Intel, Google's new standalone headsets represent the birth of a new type of VR experience. It's a virtual reality platform developed by Google that's built into the Android OS (as of Android 7.1), rather than as an App with Google's first VR platform, Google Cardboard. More details should arrive soon but for now, that's all we have.

Unlike the now available VR headsets, the newly revealed ones will feature in-built Daydream standards to let users enjoy VR without the use of cables or smartphones stacked inside them. Google calls this WorldSense technology and it should allow for a much more accurate motion tracking in the VR environment and would enable new VR experiences.


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