Google will continue to work with Lenovo on the launch, while HTC will focus on the Chinese market.
Changes in Google plans in virtual reality . The Mountain View company had announced last May that they were preparing an independent VR helmet that Daydream would use with the collaboration of two companies, Lenovo and HTC through its Vive business.
Many things have changed since then, such as the announcement that Google itself would buy HTC’s mobile business for 1.1 billion dollars, in an operation that will close next year. The Chinese company has remained, however, with its virtual reality unit, although the implications for this could not have been clear at the time of the agreement.
Now, collaboration plans on this device, which would use Google’s WorldSense system of wireless positional tracking, have been put on hold. Both Mountain View and HTC have confirmed that they have left their plans to launch an independent helmet from Live with Daydream , picks FastCompany . This has been confirmed by the vice president of virtual reality of the search giant, Clay Bavor, in his profile on Twitter.
Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners. https://t.co/t3RvgJIMUp
— Clay Bavor (@claybavor) November 14, 2017
From Google have explained that they maintain their joint project with Lenovo for the moment. HTC, for its part, will focus on the market of its base country, China; although they have confirmed the good state of their relationship with Google, they have confirmed that there will be no release of helmets with DayDream in the western market .
The commercial market of virtual reality is still fighting to reach the general public. Recently two of the big companies in the sector, HTC and Facebook, have announced measures to facilitate the access of consumers to this technology. The Zuckerberg company has presented Oculus Go, which will cost $ 199. HTC, meanwhile, has lowered by 200 dollars the price of his helmet Live.