by Ina Fried and Eric Johnson, Recode
The first headset ships today, but Google’s real goal is to put Android at the center of VR.
Google’s first virtual reality headset, the $79 Daydream View, started shipping today — but that’s just one piece of a much bigger initiative.
Google wants to make Android the primary operating system for VR. Its vision is that there will be lots of Daydream-compatible phones and headsets, with Android (and Google services like YouTube and Street View) at the center.
“Our fundamental goal is to enable partners and developers to build great stuff,” chief Clay Bavor said, speaking Thursday to Recode Senior Editor Ina Fried at An Evening with Code Mobile conference taking place at Ericsson’s Santa Clara offices. “The headset we’re launching today, we’re using it as, ‘Hey, here’s an example.’ We’re in such early days of VR — 99.9 percent of things in VR have yet to be discovered.”
“The magic starts to happen in VR when there are enough users, when there are enough devices, and most important, enough things to do,” he added.
In terms of “things to do,” Daydream is focused on video content.