One of the biggest obstacles that is preventing virtual reality from taking off among mainstream audiences is the fact that dedicated hardware is so expensive. For that reason, smartphone-based implementations of the technology are something of a gateway to the likes of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift — and now Google has announced a forthcoming expansion of its Daydream program.
Speaking on an Alphabet earnings call yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed plans to make Daydream functionality available on a wider range of handsets, according to a report from The Verge. By the end of this year, a total of 11 Android handsets that support the technology will be available to consumers.
Currently, only the following phones are compatible with Daydream; Google’s Pixel line, the Motorola Moto Z, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro, the Porsche Design Mate 9, the ZTE Axon 7, and the Asus Zenfone AR. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are also in the process of receiving support via software updates.
Daydream has received plenty of praise for its capacity to produce high quality VR experiences using smartphone hardware. It’s not quite on the level of a dedicated headset, but it’s comfortable and it’s immersive, and also rather convenient.
To experience VR content, users simply need to insert their smartphone into the Daydream View, an accessory that costs $80. It’s a similar idea to Samsung Gear VR, but Daydream may have an edge over the competition due to the fact that it’s compatible with a range of devices.
Google clearly has some major ambitions for VR, as its plans to expand the ranges of devices that support Daydream isn’t the only method of broadening the project that is in the works. At this year’s Google I/O keynote, the company revealed an early prototype of a standalone VR headset.
Pichai fell short of mentioning any specific models of smartphone, or even which manufacturers would be adding to the pool of Daydream-compatible devices before the end of 2017. However, as companies begin to refresh their flagship devices as the year comes to a close, we’ll see who’s jumping on board with Google’s ongoing VR interests.
The Best Fire TV Sticks in 2023: Fire Stick 4K Max vs. Fire Stick Lite.
In recent years, Amazon Fire TV Stick has become one of the most popular streaming devices on the market. With the release of the new Fire Stick 4K Max and Fire Stick Lite, users have two excellent options to choose from. In this article, we will compare these two devices to help you determine which one is the best fit for your needs.
Design and Connectivity
In terms of design, the Fire Stick 4K Max and Fire Stick Lite are both compact and portable, making them easy to take with you wherever you go. The Fire Stick 4K Max is slightly larger than the Fire Stick Lite, but both devices have a similar shape and design. They both connect to your TV via HDMI and come with a remote control for easy navigation.
The Fire Stick 4K Max has more connectivity options than the Fire Stick Lite, including dual-band Wi-Fi for faster streaming and Ethernet for a wired connection.
The Fire Stick Lite, on the other hand, only has single-band Wi-Fi. However, this should still be sufficient for most users.
Performance and Streaming Quality
Both the Fire Stick 4K Max and Fire Stick Lite are capable of streaming content in 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and Dolby Vision. However, the Fire Stick 4K Max has a more powerful processor that allows for smoother streaming and faster navigation. The Fire Stick Lite, while still a solid performer, may struggle with buffering and slow navigation compared to the 4K Max.
When it comes to the available streaming services, both devices offer access to popular platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. The Fire Stick 4K Max also has access to more streaming services like Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max, whereas the Fire Stick Lite only has access to a limited number of streaming services.
Remote Control and Voice Assistant
Both the Fire Stick 4K Max and Fire Stick Lite come with a remote control, but the Fire Stick 4K Max’s remote is more advanced. The remote has more buttons and additional features, such as the ability to control your TV’s power and volume. Additionally, the Fire Stick 4K Max’s remote has Alexa voice control built-in, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device and search for content. The Fire Stick Lite’s remote does not have Alexa voice control.
The Fire Stick 4K Max is more expensive than the Fire Stick Lite, but it also offers more features and better performance. The Fire Stick 4K Max costs around $120, while the Fire Stick Lite costs around $40.
In conclusion, both the Fire Stick 4K Max and Fire Stick Lite are excellent choices for streaming content in 4K Ultra HD. However, if you’re looking for a more advanced device with more features, better performance, and Alexa voice control, the Fire Stick 4K Max is the better choice. On the other hand, if you’re on a budget and don’t need all the bells and whistles, the Fire Stick Lite is a great option that still offers solid performance and access to popular streaming services.