Google could soon unveil a mobile virtual-reality headset made by HTC.
The company is holding a hardware event on 4 October and has been marketing the whole thing under a "Made by Google" tagline, which suggests everything we see unveiled at the show will be Made by Google, rather than Made with Google like we've seen in the past. However, contrary to the speculation, reports indicate Google plans to announce two Pixel-branded phones made by HTC as well as a Daydream headset made by HTC.
Variety has claimed the Taiwanese manufacturer is building Google's first Daydream VR headset, which is meant to be used in conjunction with either of the two new phones, and it could be sold for as much as $79. The report cited a source "with knowledge of the announcement". Google first announced its Daydream mobile VR platform last May at Google I/O 2016. It's basically an extension of the Android mobile OS.
Daydream-optimized phones will enter a VR mode when inserted into a Daydream-ready headset, which are headsets that meet a certain spec criteria outlined by Google. Instead of waiting for third-party companies to launch their own Daydream headsets, which will work much in the same way that Samsung’s Gear VR headset works with select Samsung phones, Google has reportedly partnered with HTC to launch its own version.
Google has actually teamed up with a number of companies to build Daydream-ready phones as well as Daydream headsets, Variety said. We're assuming it thought HTC was a good fit for its first-ever headset because the company already has experience making the HTC Vive headset that offers a more full-fledged VR experience akin to the Oculus Rift.
Although Variety said the Daydream headset by Google and HTC should cost $79, Android Police first suggested the device would sell for around $80. Check out Pocket-lint's round-up to see what else Google has in store for 4 October.