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How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

Daydream VR – the new VR platform from Google, is a really great experience, and at $80 for the Daydream View headset, it is definitely one of the affordable ones out there. The only limitation with Daydream, is that it is only available on the Google Pixel, and the Moto Z line of phones, as of now. So, if you have one of these Android devices, here is how you can set up Daydream VR on your device:

Note : This is a guide to setting up the Daydream VR with a compatible Daydream device. To check the list of compatible devices, you can head over to the Daydream website. We are setting Daydream up on a Google Pixel.

Installing the Daydream App

First off, you will need to install the Daydream app from the Play Store. If you have a supported device, you can simply search for “Daydream” on the Play Store, and download the app on to your device. Once you have done that, you just need to set up the Daydream app with your Daydream View headset, pair the Daydream controller with your Android phone, and you’re all set to experience high quality virtual reality content.

Download Daydream from the Play Store (Free)

Setting Up the Daydream App

Once you have downloaded the app on to your Android phone, you need to set it up with your Daydream View headset. To do this, just follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Daydream app on your Android device. You will be asked to continue with your Google account. You can continue, or choose a different Google account, if you want.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

2. Next, the app will confirm that you have a Daydream headset. Simply tap on “I Have a Headset“.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

3. You will then be taken through a couple of screens that detail how you can adjust the strap of the Daydream View headset, as well as some basic precautions to take, while using Daydream VR. Simply tap on “Next” on these pages to continue.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

4. Then, the app will download VR components on to your Android device. This process might take a few minutes, depending on the speed of your network connection, so be patient. Once the components are downloaded, you may be asked to download “Daydream Keyboard“, simply tap on “OK“, and download the keyboard from the Play Store.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

5. You will then be asked to update the permissions for the Daydream application, tap on OK, and give it all the permissions that it asks for.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

The Daydream Controller

Before you get started with pairing the Daydream controller with your phone, you should know about the various buttons that are available to you.

On the front of the controller, starting from the top, you will see:

1. The Touchpad: you can swipe, and click on this Touchpad to interact inside the VR environment.

2. The App Button: The functionality of this button may vary with the app you’re using. It may be used for pausing, showing menus, etc.

3. The Home Button: You can press this button to return to the Daydream home. Or, you can press and hold on it, to recenter your view.

On the side, you have the Volume Up, and Volume Down buttons that you can use to adjust the volume of your Daydream experience.

Pairing the Daydream Controller with Your Android Phone

Now that you have the app basically set up, and you know about the buttons available on the Daydream controller, you will need to pair it with your phone. To do this, just do the following:

The Daydream app will automatically ask you to turn your controller on. Simply press and hold on the “home” button on your controller, and it will automatically pair with your phone. Once done, tap on “Continue” and that’s it, the controller will be paired with your device.

How to set up and use google daydream view with your android phone

Set Up Daydream VR Easily

Once you have completed these steps, you have successfully set up the Daydream View headset, and controller with your Daydream compatible Android phone. You can now simply pop your phone inside the Daydream View headset, and follow the on-screen instructions, to learn how to use Daydream, and how to interact with various objects inside virtual reality.

Now that you know how to set Daydream up, go ahead and enjoy your trip into virtual reality. Also, share your thoughts about Google Daydream, and the entire VR experience, in the comments section below.

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‎28-02-2020 02:56 PM in

See above. Google says samsung. Samsung says Google. No one ever actually explains why I have lost a significant and not inexpensive feature for my phone.

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‎29-02-2020 05:35 AM in

It’s not in my display settings of my Note 10 either @Desolas

This looks to be a feature then possibly removed as part of the update.

Best advice I can give is to send your feedback via your Samsung Members App to ask for this to be looked at as a possible feature to be returned.

Current Phone > Samsung Z Fold³ 5G. > Software : Android 12

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‎04-03-2020 02:53 PM in

Best advice I can give is to send your feedback via your Samsung Members App to ask for this to be looked at as a possible feature to be returned.

Meh.. Me and any many others did that. All we got was generic answer: ask Google about it, it’s their product.
From my point of view Samsung messed this by removing two lines of code from XML file, not Google.
They blatantly renedered my S9+ less useful and my Daydream useless, and I will not forget that when deciding which phone to buy next this summer.

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‎06-03-2020 12:05 AM in

Thanks for contacting Google Support!

My name is Miguel, one of the Google Support specialists and I appreciate your time and effort in resolving the issue on your device. I’m more than glad to assist you with your concern.

I know how you feel about your Samsung Note 9 that became incompatible with the Daydream View after the system update on your device. I understand that Android 10 is a Google Software product that is shared through a different manufacturer. The thing is that, since other Android 10 powered devices are not facing any issues when using the Daydream View, we highly suggested contacting your manufacturer because system updates are configured by a manufacturer before being released depending on the make and model of the device.

If you want, another option for us in this is to contact the app developer of Daydream. You can reach out to the developer directly to inquire about the incompatible issues on your device.

For further questions or clarification, please feel free to contact us back and we are more than happy to help you.

Google’s next wave of phone VR aims for a better fit for phones that support it.

The new Google Daydream View.

Last year, we called Google’s $79, £69 or AU$119 Daydream View the easiest-to-use VR experience yet. It easily turned any of an increasing number of Android phones into a competent VR headset.

For 2017, Google isn’t changing the formula all that much. The new $99, £99 or AU$149 Daydream View — announced Wednesday and shipping Oct. 14 — looks practically identical at a glance. But even though it costs $20 more than its predecessor, it’s got enough subtle yet important changes that I might buy it instead!

Update, October 17: Read our in-progress review right here .

UK and Australian prices and availability weren’t announced, but $99 converts to £75 or AU$125.

Before I give you my quick impressions, here are the basics:

What’s a Daydream View?

It’s a cushy, fabric-covered set of magnifying lenses that stretch your phone’s screen across your field of vision, and uses its built-in sensors, to let specific Daydream VR apps transport you to other worlds. It comes with a simple motion controller that lets you point, swing a sword, cast a fishing rod and so on, and otherwise navigate in VR.

Google’s new $99 Daydream View goes for tiny improvements

It’s generally nowhere near as immersive as full-fat VR headsets like a PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, because you can’t walk around or grab things with your hands, but it’s way less expensive and easier to set up.

It only works with certain Daydream-certified Android phones, including the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Here’s the full list.

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What’s new for 2017?

According to Google’s Daydream product managers (and I can largely confirm after a brief demo):

  • Redesigned facepad distributes pressure more evenly on the face
  • Revised straps fit more people and distribute weight more evenly
  • New (optional, detachable) top strap adds stability
  • New, larger lenses offer roughly 10-degree wider field of view
  • The custom fresnel lenses also have a larger sweet spot (it’s easier to get and keep VR images in focus)
  • Better seal means less light leaks into the headset, particularly around the nose (the light can distract you from VR)
  • New magnesium heatsink, in the lid, lets your phone run VR for longer without overheating
  • Revised controller has more clearly defined buttons, easier to find without looking
  • You now store the controller inside a fabric loop on the rear strap, instead of inside the lid
  • Revised controller software is more accurate (update will come to original Daydream controller too)
  • Three new colors: charcoal (black), fog (gray) and coral (reddish pink)
  • Available in five new countries: Spain, Italy, France, Korea and Japan

I’ve gotta say, the differences in comfort were obvious the moment I put on the new headset. It’s definitely still a little front-heavy, but it didn’t dig into my cheekbones nearly as much as the original, and the top strap definitely helps. The lenses felt clearer, with less fiddling required to keep the image in focus, and it fit me better overall.

The fit, lenses, and straps have all been improved.

Google says it used its data center to run literally billions of optical simulations to help design these lenses, simulating 40 quadrillion rays of light — calculations that would have taken 20,000 years on a single desktop computer, according to Google VR boss Clay Bavor. Plus, the company says it’s tested the fit on over 700 real people so far.

The most interesting new idea is perhaps the magnesium heatsink, though, and it’s the one I wasn’t able to test during my brief demo. I’ve frequently found that phone-based VR headsets will make phones overheat, and last year’s Daydream wasn’t an exception to the rule. Google isn’t promising it’ll never happen if you, say, use it out in direct sunlight, but Bavor says the heatsink will significantly delay if not prevent overheating “in regular conditions.”

In fact, Bavor says the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones were designed with this headset in mind, to the point the phones intentionally concentrate their heat on the rear casing, so the heatsink can do its job.

The new Coral color.

What’s to do?

That’s still the real question for any VR headset, especially Daydream. Google says Daydream now has 250 different apps, and it supports quite a few phones, but it’s still a smaller platform than Samsung’s Gear VR right now. YouTube, Google Street View and Cardboard Camera are pretty neat, but there’s not a lot we consider a must-play in VR .

But as it did with Need for Speed, Gunjack 2 and Virtual Virtual Reality (which I recommend checking out), Google says it’s still putting dollars towards more exclusive VR content. The items Google’s currently promoting include a YouTube series called Austin City Limits Backstage that take you up close and personal with stars like Ed Sheeran (it looked pretty good in VR) and a comedy series called The Confessional that puts you into the priest’s box to hear comedians like Trevor Noah dish out. “We’ll be funding a lot more content in that realm,” says Bavor.

Plus, Google says it’s working to bring movies designed for Imax dome theaters to Daydream as well.

What about the phone-less VR headsets Google announced in May?

The official answer is: Stay tuned. Bavor says Google will talk more about standalone headsets , from partners such as Lenovo and HTC, later in the year.

For now, Google VR is all about phones.

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