I/O 2013 Glass roundup: new apps, SDK, and more (video)

May 17, 2013
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Google Glass enthusiasts have received their share of important updates at Google I/O 2013, which we’ve covered extensively for you. Here are some of the most important Glass-related news announced at Google I/O 2013 so far.

New Google Glass apps

First of all, some new apps for Google Glass have been announced at IO.  Apps from Twitter (which wasn’t much of a secret), CNN, Elle, Tumblr, Facebook, and Evernote have been added to the offering of third-party apps for Google Glass, which previously included apps from The New York Times and Path.

The CNN Glassware offers news updates, with the possibility to choose when they come, their type, and to have a summary read to you, while the Twitter app allows you to share photos on the microblogging service straight from Glass. The Facebook app does the same thing, with the possibility to dictate a description. The two social apps will also let you receive notifications from approved contacts.

The Elle app allows you to see images and sections from the magazine on Google Glass, while the Evernote app will let you send notes to the device, as seen below (which should make it easier to go through your shopping list) and to upload pictures from Glass to the service.

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The Tumblr offers a feed view or just the updates of your choosing. Also demoed at IO was a social game called Ice Breaker, based on interactions between the user and other nearby Glass users. It will be interesting to see the direction in which this goes.

Check out our Nate Swanner and Joshua Vergara try on Glass and offering their first impressions.

Monthly updates and GDK

Also announced at Google I/O during a chat with developers, were monthly software updates, which will include, along with new features (some based on what developers suggest), bug fixes and tweaks to the user experience.

Another important promise is the one regarding the Glass Developer Kit (or GDK), which is coming, but not anytime soon, according to Google’s Charles Mendis. The software development kit will give apps direct access to the Google Glass hardware, as opposed to just content from web services pushed to the device by apps, as the Mirror API currently allows.

Developers were shown some of the things that can be achieved with Glass at Google I/O conference, including running basic Android apps or connecting a Bluetooth keyboard. Running a version of Ubuntu Linux on Google Glass was also demonstrated, with the mention that, while possible, it requires deep root access and would likely void the warranty of the device.

Google has promised to offer a factory image, so Google Glass can be returned to its initial state if you’ve went a bit too far.

For a discussion with a Glass Explorer and developer, check out this video from Google I/O.

With more apps coming, and more possibilities for app developers to create compelling experiences, the Glass begins to take shape as a true consumer product. Do you think it will catch on with the average customer?

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