The Moto Z and the Z Force will now both be compatible with Google Daydream with the latest Android 7.0 (Nougat) update, making these devices the first non-Google phones to be officially ready for Googles bold vision of an open virtual reality platform.
According to CNET, More phones should come, provided they meet Google's minimum VR specs and have Android 7.0. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were previously the only two phones that worked with the headset, but the more phones (and apps), the better the platform will be. CNET gave both phones excellent reviews with the Moto Z receiving 4 our of 5 stars, explaining, The Motorola Moto Z is thin, fast and (literally) snappy. Those magnetic Mods accessories are practical and easy to use. The Moto Z Play is described as being an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.
Both phones carry modular capabilities, allowing users to snap on and off components as needed for better battery life, camera functionality, etc. WIREDs David Pierce gave the Moto Z a review of 8/10, explaining the benefits of this modular concept, What if you werent stuck with a smartphone-level camera unless you wanted to be? What if you didnt have to buy a thicker phone just to have more battery when you need it? Sounds great, right? Sounds like you need a modular phone. PC Magazine reviewed the Moto Z line as being worth a look for AT&T customers, but with a note that there are additional worthwhile options, explaining, For $700, the unlocked Moto Z offers the same slim build, excellent performance, and unique removable backs as Verizon's Moto Z Droid. If you're an AT&T or T-Mobile user into the idea of Moto Mods, the Moto Z is a great choice.
With added VR functionality, the Moto Z line will be able to tap into the newest potential of virtual reality as presented on mobile devices and envisioned by Google. Googles Daydream is described by Google as being a comfortable and light way to access virtual reality. Serving as both a platform and a headset, the $79 viewer is supposed to be a significant upgrade from the companys previous VR efforts with the extremely simple, accessible Google Cardboard. Google describes the Daydream headset, Inspired by the clothes we enjoy wearing, the headset is made with soft, breathable fabric to help you stay comfortable. And just like your clothes, the headset will be available in different colors later this year, so you can choose the color that matches your style. It comes with a controller that Google claims works somewhat like a magic wand, allowing you to steer, aim and swing the controller around to manipulate objects or characters on display, like a virtual pair of hands or a virtual golf club.
Be sure to take a look at the various cases at Ghostekavailable for the Moto Z, including the Cloak 2 Series case and the Covert Series case.