Google Daydream is Google’s newest VR platform. It’s only been around for a little over a year and only a few devices can use it. You get a better experience with Daydream than you would with Google Cardboard. However, we’re still waiting for the app market to populate more. Most Daydream apps are video or art stuff without a ton of functionality. Many still are previews or similar types that show you the potential future. It’s still early, but some apps are already pretty decent. Here are the best Google Daydream apps!
Google’s official Daydream app is a great place for Daydream owners to start. It features setup procedures for your controller and headset. Additionally, it shows you other Daydream VR apps. The app acts like a launcher of sorts as well. Most owners probably have this installed anyway. We recommend you use it to its fullest potential. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases. It may direct you to apps that cost money, but that’s to be expected.
Fulldive does a lot of things for a VR app. It bills itself is a VR social platform that introduces you to all kinds of other VR content. That’s all good and everything, but that’s not what makes it one of the must try Daydream apps. It has the capacity to stream 360, 3D, and other VR content from YouTube. You can also play your locally stored VR videos and photos. Perhaps its best feature is the ability to browse for other VR apps and games. Not all of them will have Daydream support, but it’s a good place to start.
As it turns out, Google Photos is actually also a Google Daydream app. On your device, it’s a great app to backup photos and videos. On Daydream, it’s a good place to view all of that stuff. It has support for 360-degree photos, panoramas (of a certain size), and VR photos. It’s a free app that most people should have on their smartphones anyway. Thus, it makes sense to pick it up for use for Daydream. It’s completely free to download and use.
Google Street View doesn’t advertise as a Daydream app. However, it happens to be one of the better ones. Most people know what Google Street Map does. It lets you view street-level images of various places. The VR experience is above average and competent. Unlike most, it’s also functional. You can see whole streets, the location of businesses, and more. It’s definitely one of the better Daydream apps.
Both the NBA and the NFL have both released Daydream apps. Unfortunately, they’re not fully featured apps. At least not yet. The NBA app gives you access to a lot of tertiary content. You’ll be able to watch highlights, exclusive interviews, and stuff like that. The NFL VR app does essentially the same thing. Both are very fun VR experiences. However, we look forward to the day when you can stream live games. Until then, though, fans of (American) football or basketball should mostly enjoy these experiences.
One of the first industries to pick up on VR was video streaming. They’re still working on the experience end of it, but the apps work fairly well. You’ll be able to binge stuff like you always do from the comfort of a VR living room. Hulu rolled their VR approach into the official app while Netflix and HBO GO have separate VR apps. They all still require the same old subscriptions which helps keep things simple. None of them have overly amazing experiences. However, we expect all of them to grow and mature as the platform does. They all still require the same old subscriptions as well.
Skybox VR Player is a video player for Daydream. It has surprisingly good support for most types of video. That includes 2D, 3D, 180-degree, and 360-degree video content. You can install a PC component and stream your own video content from your computer to your headset if you so choose. It’s a solid, enjoyable experience. Especially if you have a collection of VR content on your own. It’s free to download if you want to try it out. It’s one of the must-get Daydream apps.
VR Browser for Reddit is, as you can imagine, a VR Reddit app. It allows you to look up your favorite subreddits, scroll through them, and view content. It features an infinite scroll, zooming in on images, theming, and other small customization features. There is even Gifv support, filters (so you can avoid NSFW or even politics if you want to), and you can open YouTube videos in its official app. It’s not half bad. There isn’t a free version to check out, so you’ll have to buy the app and test it inside of its refund time to see if you like it. The developer also has a VR app for Imgur called IMVR. It works well with this app.
WITHIN is one of the more popular Daydream apps. It’s a content platform with tons of VR stuff from various VR creators. It also boasts spatial audio (where applicable), 360-degree VR, and content from various blogs artists, and businesses. That’s basically all it does. It’s a spot to find tons of other stuff in VR. That makes it a bit run of the mill when it comes to app functionality. On the other hand, this one seems to do it better than most. It’s also free with no in-app purchases.
YouTube VR is definitely one of the must-have Daydream apps. It’s a no-brainer, really. YouTube had some of the first VR videos ever and the collection has only grown exponentially since then. You can find all kinds of VR content here, from demo footage to show your friends to stuff you might actually like. You can still watch regular videos as well in a VR setting. It has some bugs here and there that still need to get worked out. However, it’s for sure going to be a staple in the Daydream apps staple forever, probably.
If we missed any great Google Daydream apps, tell us about them in the comments! Thanks for reading!