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Google Glass kernel source now available to download

The Google Glass kernel source can now be downloaded by developers interested in creating apps for the product.
April 27, 2013
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The Google Glass kernel source is apparently available to download for developers to start playing with it.

Karthik’s Geek Center reports that it has found the Google Glass kernel source “in a temporary location on Google Code” from where it should be moved to a more permanent location in the future. In case you’re interested in getting your hands on it, head on to the Source links below to get yours – you’re looking at a 68.9MB tar.xz file.

What’s interesting about the Google Glass kernel is that it has some NFC references in it, as the same source points out:

On digging into the Kernel, looks like it has got all the headers required for NFC support. May be Glass is NFC enabled? Or may be, since its running Android source, it has the NFC drivers by default?

However, there’s nothing to suggest that Google Glass will have any NFC-related features. In fact, NFC is not mentioned in the specs sheet of the product – and by now we also learned more details about the processor type, RAM and Android version Google Glass runs.

Getting back to developing for Glass, you should also know that Google Glass has already been rooted, with the process described as “easy” by at least one developer.

Meanwhile, Google said via Eric Schmidt that it will exercise some caution initially by pre-approving apps for Glass, with the process opening up in the future. The same Schmidt also revealed in a recent interview that the commercial launch of the Glass will only take place in about a year or so.

In case you happen to have a great Google Glass app in the works, drop us a shout!