Google Glass Update Adds Hangout, Google+ Notifications, Long Press For Search Throughout The UI

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Gadgets, Google, Technology
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Google Glass is still very much a pre-release product,
but a new update today (via 9to5Google) edges it
closer to a shipping device, thanks to some core
functionality additions that you’d expect to see in
consumer Google hardware. The “XE5″ update adds
inbound notifications from Google+, so you can see direct shares, comments and mentions, as well as
comment and +1 those updates. There are also now
Hangout notifications, as well as faster transcription,
and a long-press to activate search function available
throughout the UI. That’s not all, as there’s also better crash reporting
(important if you’re beta testing a product for
imminent consumer release) as well as international
number dialling and SMS support, better and more
accurate battery info reporting, a new sync policy
that’s designed to stop you dipping too far into your data policy and your battery life, and general
improvements. Google has been shipping Glass Explorer Edition sets
to its initial group of pre-launch customers, who have
each had to pay $1,500 for the privilege. So far, the
reviews of the pre-launch gadget have been mixed,
with tech evangelist Robert Scoble singing its praises
on high to anyone who will listen (“1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor).
It’s that significant.” is how he starts his review), to
extremely negative thoughts on the subject by
entrepreneur Andrew Chen. Yet all of these opinions are on a device not yet
meant for public consumption, and with this update
we see how far Google still has to go to get things
ready for the big debut. Which, going by recent
accounts, is still quite a while off, with a 2014 target
date per Eric Schmidt. Watching the update path now is a good way of tracking what Google is focusing on
with getting Glass launch-ready, however, and it’s no
surprise that it wants to provide deeper hooks to its
social networking efforts early in the game.

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