One way or another, Daydream will work on the Galaxy S8.

Update 5/17/17: Google has announced Daydream support for the Galaxy S8 will be available via update this summer!

If you try to install Google Daydream on the Galaxy S8, a phone that exceeds the requirements for Google's VR platform in every conceivable way, you'll be met with an error message stating a compatible version is missing and will not be able to install Daydream. Just like we were, when trying this out during the event in NYC.

The bad news — a compatible version of Google Daydream doesn't exist for the Galaxy S8.

The good news — that isn't going to be true forever, but you're going to need to wait a bit.

Gear VR

With its impressive Infinity Display and the most capable processor you can get in an Android phone today, the Galaxy S8 is the most capable mobile VR system you can buy today. We know this, because it comes pre-loaded with a trigger to install the biggest mobile VR platform on the planet — the Oculus-powered Gear VR.

An update to the Galaxy S8 this summer will enable Daydream support.

It's not unusual for Samsung to prefer partner software to Google's offerings, but by summer of 2017 Samsung and Google will work together to offer users a choice. An update to the Galaxy S8 will enable Daydream support, making it possible for the Daydream store to be installed and all of the Daydream apps run on this amazing phone.

If you really can't wait, there's a way around it now. Like every other Android phone, the only thing stopping you from installing Daydream is a single line in one of the system permissions files. If you add that flag yourself, using the handy guide we've assembled for other phones, Daydream will start working immediately. Accessing that system permission file requires something called root access, which isn't available for the Galaxy S8 just yet. If history is any indicator, the wait for this root access won't be particularly long.

Daydream View

Google only allows partners to add this line of code to phones that meet the Daydream spec, which involves Samsung and Google reaching a distribution agreement that doesn't conflict with the current Oculus relationship. Until that happens this summer, this root method is the only way to enable Daydream on your phone.