Menu
Lenovo adds Google Daydream products to its roadmap

Lenovo adds Google Daydream products to its roadmap

Lenovo is making a push into mobile VR with upcoming products based on Google's Daydream platform

Lenovo is joining Google's fledgling effort to bring virtual reality to the masses with new devices planned for the Daydream hardware and software platform.

Google's Daydream brings virtual reality to users via mobile devices. Users can fit Daydream-compatible Android smartphones in VR headsets to roam 3D worlds, interact with friends, and view streaming movies.

"We have some Daydream products on the roadmap," Jeff Meredith, general manager and vice president of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group, said in an interview.

Meredith didn't elaborate on details, but the products will likely be a smartphone and a VR headset. Google has strict rules on which smartphones and headsets qualify for Daydream, which is based on Android 7.0.

Lenovo's handset will need super-fast mobile CPUs and graphics processors, a high-resolution screen, and specialized sensors. The VR headset will need motion trackers and other sensors.

Android is important to Lenovo's future, and the PC maker is working closely with Google on many projects, Meredith said.

A Lenovo Daydream smartphone should not be confused with the company's upcoming Phab 2 Pro handset, which will use Google's Tango augmented reality platform. The Phab 2 Pro -- which will start at US$499 -- mixes real and virtual worlds by superimposing digital information and images, and it will have special cameras and sensors to recognize, track, and measure objects.

No Daydream device is available yet. But mobile VR headsets like Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard have sold well, and the number of low-cost VR headsets available is growing.

Companies building mobile devices for Daydream include Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel. Lenovo wasn't part of the first batch of partners announced by Google introduced Daydream in May.

Daydream will change the way mobile devices are used, propelling apps from a 2D to a 3D world. Users will be able to roam cities in 3D with Google's Street View, play 360-degree interactive games, or view HBO or Netflix movies like never before.

Companies that will bring content and games to VR headsets via Daydream include the New York Times, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, EA, and Major League Baseball.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments