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Google Daydream doesn’t work on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ yet

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are one of the most feature-packed and most powerful smartphones that have ever been released. They are also compatible with Oculus VR, the most famous VR platform in the market right now. However, they are not compatible with Google’s Daydream VR platform right now.

Hardware-wise, Samsung’s new flagship smartphones are the most eligible devices for mobile VR, thanks to their pixel-dense, Super AMOLED Infinity Displays with high refresh rates as well as powerful 10nm octa-core processors (Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835). However, if you try to install Google’s Daydream app on any of these devices, you’ll see an error message that says the phones aren’t compatible with the app.

Yes, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ aren’t compatible with Google Daydream right now, and we don’t know if they would ever be. This might be due to Samsung and Google not reaching a distribution agreement that doesn’t conflict with the former’s current partnership with Oculus. It is true that Oculus VR has more content than Daydream, but what if a potential Galaxy S8 or S8+ buyer already owns a Daydream VR headset?

Users can root the S8 and S8+ to modify system permissions to use the Daydream app (if they absolutely need to), but we do not advise this solution to our readers as they would end up losing warranty on their brand new smartphones. What do you think about this situation? Do you prefer Google Daydream or Oculus VR? Let us know your preferences in the comments section below.

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maccyb
maccyb

Daydream has hardly anything on it. What’s there is the really bad old cardboard stuff and about 5% of what’s on Oculus. It’s not worth having right now. I wouldn’t even install it if it was there.

harinsheth
harinsheth

I am not sad because :
1. They are giving gear vr free for those who pre orders
2. Hardware is at best so we can root it and i dont mind anytime to void warrenty

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I was saddened to find that Daydream wasn’t on the S8s. I do like the oculus but Daydream has/will have a lot more content and has the whole of Google backing it. Everything on the oculus store costs and even then isn’t THAT great.

HomerS66
HomerS66

There are 700 apps on Gear VR compared to 70 on Daydream. Gear Vr has much better social features and supports true spatial audio, which Daydream doesnt support yet.
There is 0% reason to get Daydream over Gear VR for a Galaxy S8 user.

warlockba
warlockba

No offence, but did you try VR generally? Except the PC stuff everything is mostly short and pointless … all those 700 apps … except a very selected few …
No? Just an example … “Butts – The VR Experience” … ’nuff said …

HomerS66
HomerS66

I have a Gear VR and use it very often to watch Netflix or my favourite tv shows or movies on a huge virtual cinema screen. Also the VR xxx videos are pretty great.
Social apps and games like Casino VR poker are sweet aswell.
So yes it’s more than worth it, especially if u can get it for only 50-100$.