Google continues to take steps to further promote its Daydream virtual reality platform. The company has now announced that it’s adding the ability to open any smartphone Android app on a Daydream VR device. This will allow users to open their favorite apps and games in virtual reality.
Google describes this new feature as “experimental” and it’s meant to be tested by developers. This feature enables Daydream headsets to open Android smartphone apps in virtual reality. The phone UI versions of apps, games, tools, and more will thus be opened in a larger VR space.
Users will experience them floating on a big virtual screen when they open those apps on a Daydream headset. They will be able to control the apps using conventional pointing controllers for the headset. This will allow developers to at least provide basic Daydream support without having to develop new UIs for their apps.
Google says that the Chrome team used the existing 2D interfaces for Chrome Browser Sync, settings, and more to provide a browsing experience in Daydream that’s feature-rich. Google says that the Android apps in VR feature will be available for all developers to try in the near future. It remains to be seen when this feature will be out for all users.
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