×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Google’s Daydream VR Platform Gets Chromecast Support, YouTube Watch Parties and Chrome Browser

Users of Google’s Daydream virtual reality headsets will soon be able to share the videos they’re watching and the games they’re playing with others.

Coming with the next version of Android, code-named Android O, Daydream is going to get official support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter, making it possible to display everything a Daydream user is seeing on a nearby TV set — an experience that is not unlike the way Sony’s PlayStation VR headset lets others in the room participate as the audience of VR experiences.

YouTube is also looking to make virtual reality less isolating: The Google-owned video service will roll out support for social watch parties later this year, allowing up to three users to watch 360-degree videos at the same time.

Members of Google’s Daydream team shared these updates at the company’s Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, where the company announced on Wednesday that it is working with HTC and Lenovo on standalone Daydream VR headsets.

On Thursday, Google’s VR team shared a few more updates about things coming soon to Daydream, which include a headset-optimized version of Google’s Chrome web browser. Chrome on Daydream will not only allow users to browse regular websites, but also access Web-based virtual and augmented reality experiences.

The company also shared a preview of upcoming user interface changes for Daydream, which include a home screen that’s supposed to make it easier to find new VR experiences, as well as a better integration of notifications through a new in-app dashboard.

Google VP of VR Clay Bavor characterized all of these changes, and other work Google is doing in the VR space, as building blocks to build more natural computing interfaces. “They enable computing to work more like we do,” he said.

More Digital

  • Verizon New Logo

    Verizon Media Laying Off 800 Employees, or 7% of Staff in AOL and Yahoo Group

    Verizon is cutting 7% of the employees in its media group, or around 800 staffers in the division that combined AOL and Yahoo. “This week, we will make changes that will impact around 7% of our global workforce across the organization, as well as certain brands and products,” Verizon Media Group CEO Guru Gowrappan wrote in [...]

  • cheddar

    Cheddar Now on All U.S. OTT Streaming Services, Preps Primetime Programming Block

    Video-news startup Cheddar is launching its live-streaming news networks on Sony’s PlayStation Vue, making it the first content provider to span all over-the-top subscription services in the U.S. The company, founded in 2016, operates two networks — the newly rebranded Cheddar Business, positioned as a CNBC-style financial and business network for millennials, and Cheddar News, [...]

  • Avi Saxena - Discovery

    Discovery Hires Amazon's Avi Saxena as CTO of Direct-to-Consumer Unit, Will Open Seattle Office

    Discovery hired Avi Saxena, former VP of technology for Amazon Marketplace, as chief technology officer of direct-to-consumer. Saxena reports to the guy who was his boss at Amazon: Peter Faricy, who was appointed CEO of Discovery’s Global Direct-to-Consumer division in August 2018 and who headed up the Amazon Marketplace third-party seller business. In the newly created [...]

  • Spaces Terminatro VR Experience Goes Live

    Comcast-Backed Spaces Launches San Jose Location With 'Terminator' VR Experience

    Comcast-backed virtual reality startup Spaces is getting ready to open its second California location in San Jose next month: The company has teamed up with Cinemark to open a new VR center at the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theatre in San Jose on February 8. The new Cinemark Spaces center will open with “Fight for [...]

  • Sean Hannity Reveals Broadband Plans for

    Sean Hannity Reveals His Plans for Fox News Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sean Hannity sometimes tells younger colleagues at Fox News Channel that he is “the bridge between two generations of Fox” because he has been part of its primetime lineup since 1996. Now he may serve a similar purpose for a third. Fox News will next week bring Hannity to the world of video-streaming, launching “Hannity [...]

  • Crackle - To Win it All

    Sony Crackle Nabs 'Rainbow Six Siege' Esports Documentary Streaming Rights

    Sony Crackle has secured exclusive streaming rights to Ubisoft’s esports documentary “To Win it All: The Road to The Six Invitational,” following three pro players of “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” shooter as they head to the title’s biggest tournament of the year. The free streaming network is slated to bow the documentary Friday, Jan. [...]

  • Hulu With Live TV Full Channel

    Hulu Hikes Price of Live-TV Bundle to $45 Monthly, Drops VOD Plan With Ads to $6

    Hulu wants to drive more customers to its ad-supported streaming package — lowering the official price from $7.99 to $5.99 per month — while it’s trying to turn a profit on the live-TV bundle with a price hike. Starting next month, Hulu With Live TV will increase by $5 per month, rising from $39.99 to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content