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Android 11 officially kills Daydream and the dream of smartphone VR

It was, like Thanos, inevitable but some might still get some feels with the revelation that Daydream VR is truly no more. At least not as far as Google is concerned. The writing on the wall has been there since last year so it was really only a matter of time before Android officially dropped support for Google’s remaining VR platform and with it goes the last remaining bastion of smartphone-powered VR headsets.

It may have sounded ingenious back then, especially when all you practically needed was some cardboard and specialized lenses. At least that was the appeal of Google Cardboard, what would eventually grow up to be Daydream, and it gave birth to a market of phone-powered VR headsets, many of them cheap and still available in markets.

Daydream, unfortunately, never reached its full potential, partly due to technical limitations and partly from lack of industry push and guidance.

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