Google’s VR SDK 1.0, with support for Daydream, is now out of beta

In an announcement made on Thursday, Google revealed that its Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform is now open to developers, with the software development kit (SDK) coming out of beta and available on the Daydream developer site.

The Daydream VR platform was introduced by Google at its I/O conference this year. Daydream is basically is a new protocol for VR-ready Android handsets and tablets meant to bring in a more stable VR experience and make the VR technology mainstream.

With the Daydream VR platform scheduled for launch this fall, as a part of the launch of Android OS ‘Nougat,’ quite a few apps will likely be available for the platform at launch, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Imax, MLB, the NBA, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

In announcing that the company’s VR SDK 1.0, with support for Daydream, is now out of beta, Google product manager Nathan Martz said in a blog post that the update simplifies common VR tasks, so as to enable developers to “focus on building immersive, interactive mobile VR applications for Daydream-ready phones and headsets.”

Teasing the upcoming availability of the first Daydream-ready smartphones and headsets this fall, Martz – in reference to the opening of Daydream to developers – said: "You can start developing high-quality Daydream apps right now with the Google VR SDK 1.0 and the DIY developer kit."