Google Glass will have 3G or 4G tethering

by: Nate SwannerFebruary 23, 2013

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Things are progressing quickly with Google Glass lately. The Glass Foundry events were a boon of information and ideas from some very bright developers, and the recent hash-tagging contest only promises to bring more genius.

One of the larger questions about Glass is, well, how it will do all that cool stuff we see on the official website. With the non-disclosure agreement signed by Glass Foundry attendees, not much has been mentioned about just how Glass will do anything. In reading The Verge’s take on Google Glass, we now know the following:

The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about. There’s no cellular radio in Glass, but it does have a GPS chip.

Google Glass will have the ability to tether while out an about, meaning more of what you want to know will be available to you in real time. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and actually makes Google Glass much more useful. Some may consider the tethering to be a hindrance.  but if we consider that a smartphone is much more powerful that Glass is, or may ever be, we have a whole new realm of possibilities. With such new and forward technology like Google Glass, it can be hard to really imagine the possibilities, as we  tend to assume it will be a standalone device. Now that we know how it accesses information, we can begin to dream.

We’re curious, though… what would you use Glass for? What functions would you like to see from the promising new device?

  • dogulas

    I would use Glass for what it’s shown for in the video: to not have to take out my smartphone as often and just access or record information without having to look down.

    I think Glass not having a cellular radio is a battery saving thing. They just can’t pack a huge battery into that little package and still keep it lightweight.

  • Not having a cellular radio is a good thing. For one, it will save battery life, and two, it means no massive extra price for cellular along with things like contacts and no contracts cannot HGV with it.

  • Adrian Stainton

    As soon as I saw this I immediately thought of the Robin Williams film “The Final Cut”

    “Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people’s recorded histories.”

    Scary stuff really.