Enter Google Daydream.

The platform is called Daydream, an Android-based virtual reality initiative announced yesterday at I/O. Unlike Cardboard, Daydream’s apps will run only on new phones that have been certified by Google, a process that requires various VR-friendly components — like high-quality sensors for head tracking or screens that can reduce blurring by showing images in extremely short bursts.

If Google has its way, Daydream could be one of the most important near-term achievements in virtual reality — and the thing that finally makes mobile VR more than a novelty.

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