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Google's Daydream View is way better than CardboardThere may not be a lot of apps (yet), but $79 (£69, AU$119) is a small price to pay to unlock the power of your Pixel.
[MUSIC] I'm standing next to the Taj Mahal looking up at history. To get closer, I waive a magic wand. It's all because I'm wearing a headset that unlocks a secret power inside my phone. This is Daydream, by Google. Until today, there were only two real ways to turn your phone into a doorway to another world. This cheap piece of cardboard and a big plastic headset that only worked with Samsung phones. Now there's the Daydream View. Compared to Samsung's Gear BR it's lighter, made of breathable fabric and Google wants every smartphone maker to hop on board. Also, it costs just $80. And unlike most game focused V-R headsets, Daydream let's you teleport around the world. Type in any address in Google Street View, saying your parents old house, and you're there. Record a 360 degree photo with Google's cardboard camera app, and the Daydream headset will make it feel like you stepped into a memory. It's also a private theater for all of YouTube and any movie you rent from Google Play including YouTube videos that say teleport you underwater to swim with dolphins or into the kitchen with your favorite YouTube celebs. I wasn't kidding about that magic wand. It comes with a tiny Wii like remote that lets you point where you wanna go, tap out text on a virtual keyboard, or anything else developers dream up. Way better than having to tap your temple to get things done. But there's just isn't a lot else to do on Daydream right now, it's just a handful of apps today compared to 400 plus experiences you can find on Samsung and unless you have a Google Pixel the only phone that worked with Daydream right now. There's no point on rushing out to buy one. But do yourself a favor, starting today. When you go on vacation, use that cardboard camera app to take some 360 degree photos. You may regret not doing it, if Daydream catches on. [MUSIC]