Google Daydream could be the future of Virtual Reality. And it’s set to launch very, very soon. Arriving in November 2016, it promises to unlock a world of simple, accessible, and high quality VR. This will be achieved through the Daydream platform, Daydream-ready smartphones such as the Pixel, and specialist hardware such as the Daydream View headset.
Against the backdrop of this very exciting development, we believe Daydream represents the beginning of mass market VR. Placing VR-ready smartphones in the hands of millions of users around the world will open the floodgates to a massive and engaged audience, the likes of which Virtual Reality has yet to experience.
Google also appear to be readying themselves for a ramp up in VR activity; they have reportedly been active in recruiting for a number of key roles, hiring Daydream developers and VR experts.
So, with all this in mind, don’t you think it’s time to hitch your VR wagon to this potentially game changing platform?
If so, here are 5 things you need to consider before hiring a Daydream developer:
1. Game Development Experience
Now, before you all shout at once, it doesn’t matter if your VR app idea isn’t a game; you’ll still want to enquire about the developer’s experience in building mobile games.
If they have in fact built their fair share of games, then they’ll better understand the nuances and technologies required to master VR. That’s because Virtual Reality applications are developed using the same technological stack as is used in game development.
Your Daydream developer will need to know all about game engines such as Unreal or Unity, Photoshop or 3D art suites, and an understanding of immersion so as to create a virtual environment worth exploring.
VR development is also the logical next step for a great number of games developers. Hiring from that particular talent pool means tapping into a proactive and technically proficient community.
No matter if you’re building an interior design app, an interactive educational experience, or a valuable healthcare solution, hiring a developer with a background in games development will always put you a step ahead.
2. Familiarity of the Platform
Sure, you’ll want to make sure your VR app can be enjoyed by the widest audience possible in the fullness of time. And limiting your application to only one platform is certainly not conducive to long-term growth.
But in the short-term, and with the goal of taking full advantage of its launch, you will want your users to have the best possible experience on Daydream. This means hiring a developer who not only understands the platform, but also the hardware that will accompany it.
Developers who have previously worked with the Samsung Gear VR headset will take to the Google Daydream View like a duck to water, owing to the similarity in concepts and the likely crossover in target audience.
However, the developers you are speaking with must also understand the very latest in all other VR technologies and software releases. This breadth of knowledge will be invaluable as they must draw upon industry best practices to create the very best virtual experience for your users.
3. Proof of Concept
If your developer has a strong CV and a can-do attitude, then you might be tempted to blindly award them the contract. Don’t be so hasty!
Asking for - and paying for - a proof of concept prior to starting on the actual project is beneficial for a number of reasons. Namely, you can gain an insight into the professionalism of the developer, and have a better understanding of how a working relationship might unfold.
What’s more, if the developer is able to pull together a rough prototype of your app (perhaps stripped of its bells and whistles), you’ll both have an opportunity to be on the same page with regards to the direction of the project. Ultimately, a proof of concept helps you avoid any expensive mistakes further down the line.
4. Support Capabilities
Another thing you must consider when hiring a Google Daydream developer will be their ability to offer ongoing support once your VR application is up and running.
As the Daydream platform grows and evolves, and software updates are released, you’ll want to ensure your app doesn’t degrade and lose its active users.
Updates, fixes, and ongoing general maintenance are all crucial to the success of a VR app (or any app, for that matter). Entrusting a developer who perhaps doesn’t have the skills or resources to offer this level of support could put the future success of your application in jeopardy.
5. Finally, Don’t Rule Out Outsourcing
You might be tempted to go all out and hire a developer in-house for your project. And while there can be benefits to doing this, they are often overshadowed by the benefits of outsourcing your VR project to a remote development team.
Since VR development (and Daydream development in particular) are relatively young disciplines, it can be difficult to recruit someone who is going to tick all the boxes. Instead, it can be more productive and cost-effective to place your project in the hands of an overseas development team that covers all the necessary skillsets required to produce a great VR app.
Outsourcing is also the more flexible option when it comes to Daydream VR app development. You won’t need to purchase any licenses, or indeed any of the hardware required for testing. And with the outsourced development team handling the recruitment of the necessary specialists, your own staffing costs can be kept to a minimum.
How Can AppReal-VR Help?
Sourcing talented and affordable Google Daydream developers can be something of a challenge. But it’s a challenge worth overcoming now that the mass-market adoption of VR is upon us.
And with our unrivalled experience in custom VR app development across a wide range of industries, we will be ready to help guide your idea from its very early stages through to design and development, before producing an incredible application primed to transform your business and shake up your industry.
So, stop daydreaming and start Daydream-ing by working with our talented team of app development experts. Contact us today to get started.