Galaxy S8 adds Daydream support, but not yet in Australia

Alex Kidman 1 August 2017 NEWS

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Another VR option for Galaxy S8 owners, but it's all still rather virtual down under.

One of the headline features of 2016's Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones was the inclusion of support for Google's VR standard Daydream, and the associated Daydream View headset. Google's claim with Daydream was that it was going to make it open to other phone manufacturers so that you weren't stuck with a headset that would only work with one phone, but so far the going has been slow in terms of overall device compatibility.

If you're the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ handset, however, your VR compatibility options are about to expand, with Google officially adding both handsets to its Daydream compatibility page.

As yet, there's no sign of the necessary over the air update for Australian handsets to enable compatibility with Daydream, and that's a process that could take some time, with any update likely to also need carrier approval. As we've seen that's a rather intensive process if Telstra's testing labs are any indication.

For now, though, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners can always use Samsung's own inhouse Gear VR 2017, which we've reviewed here.

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