By Madeline Buxton
Of the many major announcements Google made at its annual developer conference last week, from the debut of a connected jacket to a smart home device to rival Amazon’s Echo, one overshadowed them all: Daydream.
Daydream, which will launch this fall as part of the newest version of Android, is Google’s first high-quality virtual reality platform for mobile phones. It lumps all your phone’s VR content into one app. You’ll still need to wear a headset, and use a small remote control to navigate your virtual world, but Daydream should make interacting with apps in a virtual space feel as easy and natural as sending a text. YouTube, Google Photos, Street View, and other, non-Google apps, such as Netflix and Hulu, are being rebuilt for the platform — this isn’t just something niche or exclusive to gamers.