Google announces new standalone VR headsets from HTC, Lenovo, and Qualcomm

Most notably, Daydream, Google's VR platform, will soon support a new category of standalone VR headsets with partners HTC and Lenovo.

Samsung will be adding support for Google's Daydream VR platform to its latest flagship smartphones later this summer.

The search giant said Wednesday that it's creating a new VR headset that, unlike most of its rivals, does not require a personal computer or a mobile phone to use.

Google plans to help develop standalone VR with Qualcomm, Lenovo, and HTC. First of all, a dedicated Daydream VR headset will be easier to use - you just put it on and you're good to go.

The new device would require no phone.

Each device features WorldSense positional tracking for accurate movement representation, and also uses Tango-based tracking technology to enable these awesome experiences. "WorldSense" tracking will provide positional tracking to match your location, and dedicated sensors will keep track of the environment around you.

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The company also will expand its Daydream headset, which was announced previous year alongside the Pixel smartphone. Once again, this is something entirely different, with no phone or PC required to get these mystery headsets to work "later in the year". While exact specifications have yet to be confirmed for the headsets, Backchannel reported they are expected to be priced within a range comparable to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

Google will not be building these headsets itself.

Bavor claimed the Standalone VR devices had displays and other components optimized for virtual reality activity.

Google announced new details about Android O (it's gotta be nicknamed Android Oreo, right?) and it's not going to be a big feature-packed update.

Google also announced that Expeditions VR, the platform that lets students take virtual "field trips", will roll out to some schools through a Pioneer program this fall.

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