“Current smartphones won’t be Daydream certified, nor will they receive Daydream certification” so says Google.
If you can’t wait to install Google Daydream on your current high-end smartphone, it seems we have some disappointing news for you. No matter the smartphone you currently have, according to Google it will not meet the standards set by Daydream and as such won’t be Daydream certified. Currently the Nexus 6P is able to run Google’s new VR platform, however this is only for R&D purposes. The Nexus 6P won’t receive Daydream certification either.
“I can tell you that there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones,” said Google’s VR division head Clay Bavor. “We want to hold a very high-quality bar, and for that to happen all of the components need to be just right. So, to VR fans, I would say, hold off for a few months to get your next phone… and get a Daydream-ready phone.”
Daydream is Google’s new mobile VR platform and will become part of the Android OS. While currently VR apps are downloaded through Google Play, Google plans to move this functionality to Daydream Home. Also, apps like Youtube have been redesigned from the ground up.