Daydream VR is Google’s failed plan to introduce virtual reality to its users. The company discontinued the project back in October 2019, after services like HBO and Hulu dropped support for the platform. The few users have still been able to enjoy it on most Android 10 devices, but the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones did not receive support for the platform.
Recently, Samsung Android 10 users reported a sudden drop of support for the service after updating to the OS.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 9 and S9+ users who try and use Daydream, for example, now see a message that says their phone is incompatible, and “a Daydream-ready phone is required.”
It seems a flag setting the phones as VR-ready, present in prior Android versions on those phones, hadn’t been defined by Samsung in its Android 10 version. It’s still not clear if Samsung is planning to fix this in a future update or is just simply dropping support.
Sadly, VR technology is still far from appealing to people. Samsung also got into the mobile VR scene with Gear VR, which came out before Google’s Daydream. The South Korean company paired with Oculus to offer users an affordable virtual experience. Gear VR hasn’t been officially suspended yet, though considering even its partner Oculus has removed or discontinued its apps from the platform, it may be close to coming to an end.