Google opens Daydream VR to all developers

Anyone can submit any type of virtual reality app for consideration.


Previously an invite-only platform, Google's Daydream VR platform now accepts app submissions from anyone and everyone.

Developers can follow Google's Daydream VR publishing guide to get started publishing Daydream VR aps.

Despite opening the platform to all comers, Google wants to maintain a high bar for quality. "Be sure to read Daydream App Quality for information on the usability and quality standards that your Daydream apps should meet, to ensure a great user experience," per its guide. "Only apps that meet the quality criteria will qualify as a Daydream app on Google Play. Qualifying as a Daydream app will make it easier for Daydream users to discover your app on Google Play and allows your app to appear in Play Store VR."

Google's decision to throw open the doors is no coincidence. The company launched Daydream in the spring of 2016. Aimed at mobile devices, Daydream VR is available on only a few phones, most notably Google's Pixel and Pixel XL.

Meanwhile, Samsung's Gear VR headset for mobile is Daydream VR's chief competition, and has been available since late 2015.

As more devices add Daydream compatibility, the influx of users combined with the near-ubiquity of Google Play on Android and an open invitation to submit apps should make Daydream VR more attractive to developers.

[Source: Tech Crunch]

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