Google Glass Gets Software Update, Limits Background Uploads, Adds Google+ Notifications


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.