Google offers two mobile VR platforms, Daydream and Cardboard.

  • Daydream features high quality mobile VR, ideal for immersive, longer-form experiences.
  • Daydream Standalone features powerful, immersive, mobile VR without the need for a phone.
  • Cardboard features affordable, light-weight, hardware that's easy to hop into, making it perfect for quicker VR experiences.

Key Concepts

Development in VR requires understanding a number of VR-specific concepts.

  • Asynchronous reprojection: Learn how Daydream and Daydream Standalone maintain a comfortable, fluid experience even when frames drop.
  • WorldSense tracking: Learn how Daydream Standalone tracks the user's head position relative to the virtual world.
  • 3DoF vs 6DoF: Learn about the differences between 3DoF and 6DoF platforms.


Learn more about the technologies that power great VR experiences both with and without a headset.

  • 360° media is a way to enhance traditional apps with immersive content.
  • Controllers: Learn how the Daydream Controller enables you to explore VR environments.
  • Seurat: Seurat is a scene simplification technology that enables you to take complex 3D scenes and render them efficiently on mobile 6DoF VR systems.
  • Resonance Audio is powerful spatial audio technology critical to realistic experiences for AR and VR.