Huawei is the latest manufacturer to join Google’s list of compatible devices for the Daydream platform. The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Mate 9 Porsche Design has been, to quote Amit Singh, lead of business and operations at Google’s VR/AR team:
“What we found is building smartphones for VR is a lot of work. It requires a close partnership deep at the engineering level to design the right optics, display technologies, sensors,” said Singh. “We’ve actually worked very closely with Huawei to optimize performance on the Kirin chipset. It’s really an industry-leading SoC which I think will bring choice to consumers and give us really immersive computing which is especially more than VR.”
Huawei joins the Pixel phones, the Moto Z and Z Droid, Asus ZenFone AR, and ZTE Axon 7 phones as the only current Daydream-compatible phones available in the market. One disappointing fact is Huawei doesn’t have support for the Tango environmental mapping platform, making it less capable especially for AR.
This is however just the beginning for Huawei, which Singh says will have more models coming on-line with full support for both Daydream and Tango platforms.