Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ to get Google Daydream support later in the year

Samsung has a pair of decent high-end smartphones on sale around the world. They just arrived in Kenya the other day and they cost a pretty penny.

I have been playing with the Galaxy S8 for a while now and it’s hands down the best smartphone I have ever used.

If I am to take Google’s word, the Galaxy S8 and its larger sibling, the Galaxy S8+, are about to become even more awesome. Later in the year, the two devices will be receiving an update that makes them compatible with Daydream, Google’s mobile virtual reality (VR) platform.

The announcement was made on stage at Google I/O 2017.

When it was announced at last year’s I/O, Google promised that it was going to work with a couple of partners to ensure delivery of devices that are Daydream-compatible as well as the content. While it has largely tried to deliver on the content bit, the devices have been lacking, mostly. Only the Pro and Porsche Design versions of Huawei’s Mate 9 smartphone, the ASUS ZenFone AR, the Moto Z and the ZTE Axon 7 have had support for Daydream alongside Google’s own Pixel phones. By adding two of the most popular smartphones to hit the market this year, the company is hoping to reverse this trend.

Additionally, an unnamed LG smartphone set to be released later in the year (V30?) will also arrive with out-of-the-box support for Daydream, according to Google. Last year, LG’s flagship device for the second half of the year, the LG V20, was the first device to ship with Android 7.0, Nougat, even though that glory was shortlived as Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones shipped with the newer Android 7.1, stealing the shine from LG’s device which has since struggled in the market.

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Emmanuel Chenze

Let's just say I know my stuff. I have 7 years experience handling, tinkering with and then writing extensively about Android stuff. Sometimes it is exciting, sometimes it is not; things can get stale with nothing new to show but I live for each one of those moments. Have something Android-related that you believe I need to have a look at? Hit me up: echenze@androidkenya.com