Google Glass XE12 update brings Wink to take a picture feature, lock screen, Hangouts and more

December 17, 2013
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Google Glass XE12

Google on Tuesday released a new Google Glass update (version XE12), which brings several features to the gadget including a wink to take a picture feature, a lock screen, Hangouts support and other features.

While the wink feature is certainly interesting – a developer managed to bring such an unofficial winking app to Glass a while ago – it’s also not that privacy-friendly. By winking, Google Glass users will be able to take photos a lot more inconspicuously than by touching the device or using voice to take the picture. Google did not address this matter in its Google+ message – which will surely get some attention in the future – instead deciding to describe its vision of a future in which winking will bring other more important features to Google Glass:

We’re starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible. Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay. You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss. Pretty cool, right?

You’ll be able to turn the wink feature on by going to Settings on your device.

The Google Glass XE12 update will also bring other interesting features including Hangouts chatting support and video uploading to YouTube (either manually or by saying “ok glass, share with YouTube”). Google Glass users will also be able to manage their Google Play Music All Access music from right inside Glass.

Finally, the lock screen is also a welcomed addition to Glass, allowing users to better protect their devices while they’re left unsupervised.

In addition to updating Glass, Google has also released an iOS Glass application for those Glass explorers that want to pair the device with iOS devices.

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