Google Updates Glass with Android KitKat

Google has made a significant change to its much anticipated wearable – Google Glass by switching over to Android 4.4 KitKat from Glass XE. This means, a number of significant changes will be reaching Google Glass Beta testers. These include the added ability to include photo replies in Hangout messages (a feature that was previously only available if a user is starting a new conversation) as well as…



Google has made a significant change to its much anticipated wearable – Google Glass by switching over to Android 4.4 KitKat from Glass XE.

This means, a number of significant changes will be reaching Google Glass Beta testers. These include the added ability to include photo replies in Hangout messages (a feature that was previously only available if a user is starting a new conversation) as well as improved photo sharing functionality and organisation.

However, the voice call feature has been removed from the wearable. According to Google’s Glass team, the feature is only used by less than 10 percent of all the beta testers, so they have decided to remove it until such time that its functionality is improved.

Moreover, the switch to Android KitKat means that the wearable will enjoy improved battery life and more reliable and easier upgrade procedures in the future. Also, the switch should make it easy for developer build apps for the device, which will consequently help improve the number of apps available and are compatible with Glass.

Google is planning a one-day sale for Google Glass tomorrow for those living in the United States. For the first time since its debut in Google I/O 2013, the HUD will be open for purchase to anyone who’s willing to spend $1500 on it.

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