Google’s making a phone! Have you heard?
It’s called the Pixel, and it comes in regular (5-inch) and XL (5.5-inch). It’s pretty, and powerful, and it’s got a great new camera. There’s even a headphone jack!
More than that, the new phone is the first to power a new virtual reality headset from Google arriving this November. That headset is called Daydream View, and it looks like a combination between a Flyknit shoe and a VR headset. Here’s everything we know about it.
'We worked with clothing designers and makers to get the design just right,' Google VR head Clay Bavor said of Daydream View during the announcement.
The only connection is between the Daydream View's remote, seen here, and the phone. That's handled over Bluetooth.
The remote has two buttons on the front, which are intentionally unique so you can feel the difference without having to look.
So, what can you do with this thing? Google's promising a huge selection of content by year's end, with over 50 'partners' already on board.
All sorts of content is coming to Google's Daydream View platform. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO ('their entire entertainment libraries') are all coming this year, and you'll be able to watch, say, Netflix's new 'Luke Cage,' on a massive virtual screen. Not too shabby.
A variety of media outlets are also contributing content, from The New York Times to BuzzFeed to The Guardian. It looks like CNN and others are also on board, with more to join in the future no doubt.
And Google's bringing a wide variety of its own services to the platform: Google Play movies, YouTube, Google Photos, and Google Maps (Street View in VR!).