GOOGLE HAS STARTED inviting all developers to build apps for its Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform.
Google first opened Daydream to developers back in September, but only allowed a select few to create apps for the VR platform in order to make sure that only quality content was available at the launch of its Daydream View headset.
"Daydream aims to provide users with high-quality, interactive, VR experiences. Designing apps for VR is substantially different than for other platforms, particularly because poorly designed applications or performance issues can make some users feel nauseated," Google writes on its app quality requirements page.
Google's guidelines require apps to place objects more than 0.5 metres away so that users are able to comfortably focus on objects and says that font sizes should take up at least 1.5 degrees of a user's field of view.
Naturally, Google also advises devs that their apps must install and run without crashing, must not display a thermal warning during 30 minutes of using, and must not render with unexpected distortion when viewed through a Daydream viewer
Google opening up its Daydream platform to developers is good news for Daydream View users, although if data from SuperData's Year in Review report for 2016 is to be believed, there aren't that many.
The report claims that Google had shipped just 261,000 units of its fabric headset last year, compared to 745,000 PlayStation VR units, 2.3 million Gear VR units and 88.4 million Google Cardboard units.
This is likely because Googe's Pixel and Pixel XL are the only smartphones that currently offer support for Google's Daydream platform. However, the number of Daydream-compatible devices likely will increase following this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), with firms including Huawei, Nokia and Sony tipped to release Android Nougat devices. µ
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