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Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for VR typing

Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for #VR typing

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You needn’t wonder any longer how Google is planning to do text input in Daydream VR mode. There’s a new Daydream Keyboard app in the Play Store with some… by Ryan Whitwam in Applications, Google, News

@RickKing16: Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for #VR typing

You needn’t wonder any longer how Google is planning to do text input in Daydream VR mode. There’s a new Daydream Keyboard app in the Play Store with some very informative screenshots. You can’t use it yet, though.

Google notes that the Daydream Keyboard is designed to work inside Daydream apps, and some of them won’t work if you remove the Daydream Keyboard from your device. The keyboard UI looks like the standard Google Keyboard with the alphas in the middle, then a separate panel on the left for numbers and a panel on the right for enter, backspace, and close.

It looks like you’ll hover over the letter you want with a virtual cursor to type. The only phone in my list right now that shows as compatible is the Nexus 6P, but installing it obviously won’t do any good right now. Not only is the 6P not ready for Daydream, the viewer isn’t shipping yet. But enjoy this glimpse at the VR future.

$20 options, as in Cardboard? For one, software support. You get apps, games and long-form content (movies, Netflix, etc.) that won’t be available on simpler mobile VR solutions. You get an interface that lets you browse all of your VR content without taking your phone out of the headset. You get a motion controller. And, well, quality–headsets made of higher quality materials, phones that can handle being in VR for extended periods of time without getting hot and slowing down and sensors that accurately track your head movement and won’t drift, displays with low motion blur that won’t make you sick, etc. All things considered it’s a world of difference.

As for being a closed platform, anyone can make compatible headsets and phones for Daydream but anything not made specifically for Daydream won’t work to ensure that the experience is high quality.

Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for VR typing

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