Google CEO Larry Page revealed during Google’s Q1 2013 conference call that the operating system for Google Glass is Android:
In response to a question about how much people can expect to see engagement increment with new products like Glass, he said that “obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue.”
That’s certainly not a surprising detail considering that Google has at its disposal a very popular and convenient OS for mobile devices, but the company never actually mentioned that Google Glass is running on Android, not even in the official documentation for the product.
Furthermore, in addition to tablets and smartphones, Android runs on various other devices including cameras – as recently revealed, it was initially developed as a digital camera OS – consoles, miniPCs and other DIY devices, many of them prominently featured on Kickstarter on a regular basis. So it makes a lot of sense for Google to use something as handy and versatile as Android for Glass.
At this time, it’s not clear what kind of Android version Glass runs on, but we’ll certainly find out more about in the future, either from Google or from intrepid developers that will start tinkering with the device.
Since we mentioned developers, they’ll probably be the most excited to hear that Google Glass runs on Android, as it should make their jobs easier when it comes to creating and adapting Android apps to run with Google’s smart eyewear.