Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is an extremely compelling phone for a lot of reasons, but so is their Galaxy S7. The same could be said of the Moto Z, HTC 10, LG G5, and a number of other devices. When it comes to phone shopping, many consumers are playing the waiting game right now, and one of the biggest reasons for that is Google's Daydream VR platform. So far, only the ZTE Axon 7 and the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe have officially announced compatibility. For a phone to run Daydream content in a satisfactory manner, it needs a high-end processor, a good screen with low persistence, and high-quality sensors. While talk on the sensors has been scant, the other two are things that the Galaxy Note 7 definitely has. When Samsung was asked about Daydream, it seems the Korean giant avoided the subject.
Specifically, they issued a glancing statement that they had always worked closely with Google and would continue to do so. While it may be easy to assume that the Note 7 will be Daydream-compatible, though perhaps not Daydream-ready, Samsung's refusal to confirm anything is a bit strange, but there are some possible explanations for it. Samsung debuted a new Gear VR headset alongside the Note 7, and announcing Daydream compatibility may cannibalize sales of that in favor of an upcoming Daydream piece, for starters. There is also the fact that Samsung could be working on a Daydream headset of their own, since they are an official Daydream partner, and wouldn't want the Note 7 to eat into those future sales. There is also, of course, the simple fact that Google has yet to make Daydream official, so Samsung doesn't want to commit a flagship device to the specification just yet.
Some also have said that this may have something to do with the fact that the Gear VR is Oculus-compatible, and there could be a conflict of interest with Daydream. Daydream is, after all, a mobile VR system made to create compelling experiences on level with PC-based VR systems. Whatever the reason for the holdout, it's a bit frustrating to those eyeing the Note 7 while holding out for something Daydream-ready.