Google Announces Native Glass Developer Kit, Will Be Able To Do More Than The Mirror API

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Google, GT
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Google held a session today hosted by Timothy
Jordan, developer advocate on Project Glass on how
to develop for the gadget, and while most of it
focused on what developers can do right now with the
available documentation and Mirror API which makes
use of a tethered phone’s capabilities, Jordan also spoke briefly about Google’s upcoming GDK or Glass
Developer Kit, which will be a native development
framework for Glass hardware itself. The GDK will be available at a later date, Jordan said,
and didn’t get more specific, but it will allow
developers to access a “handful of things” that they
can’t currently do with the Mirror API. While the mirror
handles 80 to 90 percent of what Google has found
users want in a good Glass experience, there are things like offline tasks and access to hardware
features like location that require a native API. Hence
the GDK. This will enable “immediate access to hardware” and
Glass’s built-in capabilities, so that Glass developers
will be able to build things like navigation apps on
Glass itself, so you can find your way even if you’re
not necessarily connected to the web. The GDK is in development, and we’ll likely see it
before Glass gets its big consumer debut, since it
seems like this is a piece of the puzzle that could
contribute significantly to the final user experience.

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