November 6, 2019 update:
  • There's a new open source Cardboard SDK that offers a streamlined API, improved device compatibility, and built-in viewer profile QR code scanning. We recommend that all developers actively building for Google Cardboard migrate to the new Cardboard SDK: iOS, Android NDK, Unity XR Plugin (SDK)
October 15, 2019 update:
  • The Daydream View VR headset is no longer available for purchase. However, you can continue to use the existing Google VR SDK to update and distribute your apps to the Google Play Store, and make them available to users in the Daydream app.


Daydream is a mobile VR platform that offers high quality, affordable VR at Android scale. Daydream enables immersive VR experiences by using advanced techniques to predict the orientation of the user's head, increase user comfort, and reduce motion blur. Along with Daydream's easy-to-wear headset and expressive controller, this makes Daydream great for longer and more immersive VR experiences.

Daydream features:

  • High quality, low-latency mobile VR.
  • Affordable hardware including a comfortable headset and a standardized controller that's simple for users and expressive for developers.
  • Powerful tools that let you build and fine-tune VR experiences in the development environment of your choice.

Development tools

The Daydream development platform includes powerful tools that let you build and optimize your experiences.

  • Daydream Elements: a collection of tech demos showcasing best-practices for designing VR experiences.
  • Instant Preview: a tool that lets you skip the build process and test your app instantly on your device.
  • Performance Heads-up display: a performance overlay that provides quick insight into performance issues you might encounter when working with VR applications.
  • Daydream Renderer: a set of scripts and shaders optimized for running on mobile devices.

Learn more

Take a look at our guides below to get started with the SDK on the platform of your choice.