Google’s Android built-in virtual reality platform Daydream is being phased out, with its latest Pixel 4 smartphone not supporting the mobile VR platform.
At its annual hardware event today in New York City, Google reportedly said that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL do not support the VR platform. As reported by VentureBeat, Google has decided to stop selling the Daydream View headset though Daydream app and store would continue to function for now.
“We saw a lot of potential in smartphone VR — being able to use the smartphone you carry with you everywhere to power an immersive on-the-go experience. But over time we noticed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution. Most notably, asking people to put their phone in a headset and lose access to the apps they use throughout the day causes immense friction,” VentureBeat quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.
Daydream’s future on smartphones already seemed a bit shaky. It is worth mentioning here that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL shipped by Google in May last year also didn’t come with Daydream support. Later in June, the search giant pulled out the Google Play Movies & TV app from its Daydream VR platform. In fact, the users were directed to the YouTube VR app instead.