Google Daydream Soon To Include Many New Apps
During the first months after release, Google Daydream included only a few selected number of apps compatible with its system, these were developed by a small group of trusted developers. This approach enabled Google to have more control over the content coming to the Daydream platform, but it also limited the number of apps available for download through the Google Play Store.
The Doors Are Open for Daydream Apps Developers
Google just opened the doors for all developers interested in creating apps for the Daydream platform as long as they follow Google’s guidelines before submitting their proposals. This change of policy has a major impact in the VR mobile market, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of developers who waited a long time for the green light. They have many interesting ideas that will surely enrich and expand the VR content available for Android users.
Having more options available in Google Daydream would increase competition and open the way for more creative and high-quality content. As the Daydream ecosystem gets bigger with new headsets and phones being supported, the market for new apps becomes more relevant and appealing. But not everything will be perfect, as it happens with Android and iOS, when new apps are introduced in a system, there is a chance they may break up or stop working.
Maybe some of the new apps will plainly suck and no one will like them, but that is just part of the process of opening the platform, new opportunities represent more options, including better and worse ones, and they also represent a challenge.
Google Daydream Must Pioneer VR Mass Adoption
As developers prepare to submit and launch their Daydream apps, Google must find a way to better organize them in its user interface. Daydream users should be able to sort and search apps in a friendly and simple way in order to avoid frustrations and waste of time. There is also the issue of compatibility, there aren’t yet many smartphones with the ‘Daydream-ready’ brand on them, and even though the Daydream headset isn’t expensive by itself, the compatible smartphones are not.
We are nonetheless very excited with this news and wishful for more improvements in this area. Mobile VR is the affordable way and Google definitely knows this, for the mass adoption of Virtual Reality to happen, it must come with high-quality affordable smartphones and headsets and a very good user interface.