According to a report from an early Google Glass owner on Google+, Bryan Liles, the software for Google Glasses has already been updated to version XE5, with a bunch of bug fixes, software optimization, and some other stuff.
Google is adding one change about where and when Glass can upload background data, making sure that the Glasses are connected to a power source and a Wi-Fi network, according to The Verge. In addition, the software will now show G+ notifications for Hangouts, mentions, shares, and comments on the social networking service. Apparently, Glass owners will be able to comment on posts and +1 them using their wearable tech.
In a changelog posted on The Verge and acquired by Phandroid, the changes include faster transcription of user queries and messages. Here’s the changelog:
Change to sync policy: require power + WiFi for background uploads Crash reporting Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1 Incoming Hangout notifications Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off) International number dialing + SMS Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI New On-Head Detection calibration flow Show device Serial Number on Device Info card More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining New recipient-list mosaic
There’s no word on why the new sync policy in place, and it’s a no-brainer that G+ would get integrated quickly. It’s exciting that things are moving so fast, too.
That didn’t take long. Google Glass won’t be available to the general public for at least a year, and it’s already been hacked. For Apple’s iOS, “jailbreaking” refers to essentially rooting the OS to gain complete access. Developers can then use that access to create system-level tweaks that Apple won’t let in the App Store.
Android is a little different, because rooting the OS isn’t something Google discourages or combats. Since Google Glass technically runs on Android, it can be “jailbroken.” That’s exactly what Jay Freeman, better known as “saurik” in the iOS jailbreak community, has done. Freeman runs Cydia, the jailbreak app store for Apple devices, and today he turned his attention to cracking his Google Glass prototype.
The future of computing might be in wearable computers like Google Glass and the rumored Apple iWatch, but you’re still going to have to wait before getting to try them out.
Google has never commented on a launch date for Google Glass, but Eric Schmidt says it’s not that far away. In an interview for BBC Radio 4’s “World at One” today, Schmidt says that he thinks the consumer version of Google Glass is “probably a year-ish away.”
Google Glass is that futuristic, weird, strangely beautiful technology that is very real but not within grasp yet. It has been demoed and even spotted in public, but only the privileged few have access to Glass right now. Google’s Glass “Explorers” (mostly celebrities and influential members of the press who got invited to use the hardware early) are starting to get Glass prototypes. You know what that means: unboxing pics and videos!
Google Glass is probably one of the most interesting pieces of technology you’ll see this year, so it’s no wonder people are scrambling to get their hands on a pair. Unfortunately, it seems Google’s in little rush to get them out the door, but you don’t necessarily have to wait for them to hit Best Buy before you can buy your own.
All you need is an eBay account and a hoard of cash you have no use for.
Google has been keen to show us what Google Glass can do, and this week the company revealed the specifications behind the magic. In addition to a 5-megapixel camera capably of recording 720p video, the snazzy spectacles will pack 16GB of internal storage, and a 640×360 display that is the “equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away,” according to Google.
Just as the first prototype units are wending their way out to the initial lucky folks who get to use Google Glass before the rest of us, Google has posted its API for developers to start building apps for this latest wearable tech device.
In an out-of-character move for the Android operating system, Google is prohibiting developers from giving out their apps from anywhere but the official Google-hosted distribution channel. The company is also forbids anyone from adding advertisement or collecting any sort of fee to use said apps.
Google Glass looks like the coolest piece of technology since the invention of the iPhone. Even though a ton of businesses will probably ban it, we can’t wait to try Sergey Brin’s new eyewear out.
Google Glass seems like it came right out of Star Trek, but the way this technical masterpiece works is actually pretty simple. Martin Missfeldt created the following infographic that lays out all the details on how Google Glass works so you can impress your friends with your scientific knowledge. Take a look:
The Google Glass project has been in the news a fair bit in recent months, but it seems Google may have another wearable gadget in development that’s been flying under the radar. The Financial Times reports that just like Apple and Samsung, the search giant is working on its own smartwatch that will act as an extension to the smartphone.
While the Google Glass may look slightly ridiculous hanging off your face, it’s hard to deny it has some pretty nifty uses. The ability to navigate your way around a new city with directions in the corner of your eye, or record things like concerts and sporting events from your own perspective is pretty cool.
And there’s another feature that could prove incredibly useful. According to New Scientist, Google Glass has the ability to find your friends in a crowded place, such as a shopping mall or a busy bar, based on the clothes they wear.