Google Daydream VR Headset Pre-Order Live on Verizon

The Daydream View VR headset from Google is now available for pre-order through Verizon, priced at the same $79 as it is on the Google Store. However, if you pre-order through Verizon, it’s always possible you will receive the device before you would from Google.

Currently, the Google Store claims the Daydream View ships within 2-3 weeks, while Verizon states it will ship by November 16. Regardless of where you choose to order it from, you should have the headset in time for your turkey feast on Thanksgiving.  (more…)

Google’s Daydream VR Headset and Controller Launch in November, Priced at $79

Teased at Google I/O earlier this year, the Daydream VR headset from Google was made official this morning. With this launch, Google is deciding to get a bit more serious about VR, offering more than just a $5 piece of Cardboard for users to experience virtual reality. Not only is Google launching a headset, but a controller to help control your experience.

Upon launch, Google will have more than 50 partners providing VR content, on top of the existing experiences found on YouTube, Netflix, and applications found on Google Play.  (more…)

Live Chat: Google’s Pixel Event!

The “Made by Google” event is finally here and we are in San Francisco to cover it! Leaks all point to the unveiling of two phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google Home, Google WiFi, Chromecast Ultra, and Google’s Daydream VR headset. If all of that actually makes it into today’s presentation, lord have mercy on our keyboards. That’s a lot of product.

Google is livestreaming the event through their YouTube channel, but we went ahead and embedded the feed below. We are also going to live chat the announcements as they come through. Feel free to join us for the fun.

The event kicks off at 9AM Pacific (12PM Eastern).  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: What are You Most Excited for From Google’s Oct. 4 Event?

October 4, which is next week, is a big major day for Android fans. Not only will Google be unveiling its new lineup of Pixel smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), but we suspect Google will also make available the following products: Google Home (powered by Google Assistant), Google WiFi, its Daydream headset for VR fans, as well as a 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra dongle.

While you may think that the Pixel devices are easily the most significant announcements coming, I would argue that Google Home and a 4K-ready Chromecast device might give them a run. The Pixel phones will be exciting for a bit, but the idea of Google bringing Google Assistant into everyone’s home via Google Home is a bit more tantalizing, especially when we’ve heard rumors about its $129 price.

Also, we know for a fact that Chromecast has been one of Google’s most successful products, and with the dongle getting a boost up to 4K capability, that could be very exciting for anyone using a 4K panel in their living room.

Let’s hear what has you the most excited for next week.

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Report: Google’s 2016 Phones Dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL, Coming in October With Google Home and New Chromecast

Just two days ago, a report suggested that Google would abandon the Nexus branding for its upcoming 2016 phones and go with something else, though no one was sure at the time what the new brand would be. That thought lined up with a report from back in June out of the Telegraph that claimed Google would release its own branded phone later in 2016 and was discussing the move with carriers. This evening, additional support has been stacked behind this idea, only now we may have names to replace Nexus.  (more…)

As Google Daydream Launch Gets Closer, Google’s Investments in VR Pick-Up

This morning, the folks over at Bloomberg shared new information surrounding the launch of Google’s VR platform, Daydream, which they say is scheduled to happen in the “coming weeks.” That may not be all that specific, especially since Google told us it would arrive this fall, but today’s report did include inside details about how Google plans to ramp up content and hardware for VR.  (more…)

Poll: Do You Own a VR Headset?

VR, whether you are ready for it or not, is about to be everywhere. What’s that? You thought it already was? Honestly, I don’t think the big VR push has really even begun yet. Sure, we talk a lot about it because a bunch of big name companies are talking about it and it seems to be the next big focus, but a world filled with VR is really only in its infancy, if not pre-infancy.

I say that because the biggest player right now, is Samsung, with its mobile-powered Gear VR headset. Companies with big, stand-alone, PC-powered units, like HTC and Oculus, are just now entering with their more powerful options. Plus, Google has barely finished off announcing its VR platform for Android and Apple hasn’t said a word yet. Samsung should be given lots of credit for being one of the first out of the gate, but when you talk about all of these other players on the verge of entering the game, this really is only the early stages of the beginning.

Still, that doesn’t mean many of you haven’t already jumped into VR. You could have purchased (or been given as a bonus gift) a Gear VR, dropped hundreds on Vive or Rift, or picked up Google Cardboard for a couple of bucks at this point. And that’s where we go for today’s poll. Even though we asked you back in January if you were at all interested in VR (52% said “no”), we now want to know how many of you are already invested in the fun.

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Reports: Huawei’s Daydream-Ready VR Phone to Arrive in Fall, New Nexus This Year Too (Updated)

Through two separate interviews from Huawei executives that took place this week, we aren’t starting to understand that Chinese company’s plans for the fall. One of those plans includes their VR and Daydream-ready phone, but they may also include a new Nexus device.

According to Huawei’s Richard Yu, the man in charge of Huawei’s consumer electronics business who sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, we should expect a phone that will take advantage of Google’s new Daydream VR platform this fall. He didn’t provide any other details, so he’s really just confirming what Google told us at I/O while adding in a time frame. The “fall” makes sense since we expect Android N (which has Daydream built-in) to hit stable in late summer, which would then mean the first devices running it would arrive shortly thereafter.  (more…)