Samsung Galaxy S8 • Performance & Hardware Advantage
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UPDATE May 20, 2017: According to an article posted on uploadvr.com, Google has confirmed at Google I/O 2017 that both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus get a software update this summer that will add native support for Daydream.

Before the update:

The Galaxy S8 is not daydream compatible by default. A root access is needed to make a change in the permission file to enable Daydream support. I've read about it on a post on vrheads.com, which tried to install a Google Daydream app without success and gave them "a compatible version is missing" error. After patching the permission file they were able to run Daydream apps. So although the Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't Daydream-ready by default, you can make it work by rooting the device and changing file permissions.

Some people suggest that this is due to the Oculus competition vs Daydream, because the S8 works with Gear VR which is a direct competitor to Google's Daydream mobile VR platform. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has all the necessary hardware to support Daydream, and to be honest, it's really a bummer that Samsung hasn't enabled this by default. I'm sure that many people who plan to buy the Galaxy S8 would have loved to have an option to play games on either Gear VR or Daydream View headset. This would make the S8 appeal more to enthusiast gamers and VR fans.

In fact, if you have an Android phone that doesn't support Daydream and you still want to enable it, you can follow this step by step instruction put out by vrheads.com to enable it. It's important to note that in order to have the best VR experience as Google wanted you to have, you'll need to use a Daydream-ready phone. Patching your device to work with Daydream, doesn't mean that you are going to have a great VR experience. However, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will give you that high quality mobile VR experience, but a rooting is needed and some users probably will not want to do this to their phone being afraid to damage it and prevent their phone from booting up.

I just don't get Samsung. This really make a bad image for it, unless competition wasn't the reason why the Galaxy S8 doesn't support Daydream VR out of the box. I'm sure that there will be many users that this will be a deal-breaker for them. This is definitely a a big disadvantage, at least for those who are into Daydream VR and already bought the Daydream View headset to play games with their current Daydream-ready Android phone and wanted to upgrade to the Galaxy S8.

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  • What I don't like about that is that although the S8 will support both Google VR (Daydream) and GearVR, you will need to purchase two separate headsets to be able to use them both, a Daydream view for Daydream and Gear VR for Gear VR apps and games. I wish GearVR headset was compatible with Daydream, it's really sad.
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  • It's great to hear that people who bought or intend to buy the Galaxy S8 or the S8+ can now enjoy both mobile VR technologies. Both platforms have some really nice games, but of course Gear VR is way ahead of Daydream in term of the content it offers. I think Samsung should have offered it straight away without any delays, but I guess they had their own reasons for that due to competition. That being said, most of their phones run Android OS, which is owned by Google, so I think it was just a matter of time until we would see the S8 supports Daydream, because the hardware does support it.
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  • The clash of the titans, I knew it's going to happen when the S8 is released. Samsung definitely don't want to let Google get a bite of its delicious large virtual reality cake, but this move is a no no. If Samsung disables Daydream support on the S8 which can support it, I'm sure it's going to build a bad image for itself. I don't think that this would last for long, but we need to wait and see when the device is officially released.
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  • This is just dumb thing to do. Are you sure the Galaxy S8 is not Daydream-ready? If it isn't, this is a big mistake that Samsung is doing here. I am really disappointed with that decision, especially considering that according to that article that you linked to, you can fix it with a single line of code and the fact that the S8 has the needed specs to deliver upon the great VR experience that Daydream was designed for.
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