The XE16 update recently hit Glass and in wake of this major software push, Google has tossed out a life preserver to those who dare to tinker. Most likely as a safety precaution, the company has released a new factory image for Glass just in case your adventurous habits transform the expensive wearable into a $1,500 paperweight.
Google is allowing potential Explorers to try Glass before they shell out the $1,500 to actually buy the device, according to a Reddit user by the name of clide. He posted various images of a home try-on kit, as well as the above email he received from the Glass customer support representatives.
What’s cooler than using Google Glass to plan your next vacation? How about saving lives? Firefighters in Amsterdam are in the process of reviewing Google’s famous wearable tech for use on the job. A crew recently put together a concept video showing examples of Glass being used to check safety equipment, identify a vehicle involved in an auto accident and the process of guiding a fireman through using the jaws of life.
If you ponied up $1,500 yesterday for Google Glass, you’ll probably want to start scouting apps to try out with your brand new piece of wearable tech. If we can make a suggestion, hotel mega-chain, Starwood has just released a new app for Google’s modern day monocle that lets would-be guests search its vast inventory of resorts, view photos of rooms, get directions to a location and book a stay.
According to a new patent application filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (via Galaxy Club), it looks like Samsung may be planning to take Google Glass head-on. While this isn’t the first time Samsung has filed a Glass-like patent, the application reveals what appears to be a cross between Google Glass and a Bluetooth headset. As odd as that may sound, there could be some practicality behind this idea.
As mentioned in the patent application, Samsung calls this device “Earphone,” but other rumors have suggested that this device could be called Gear Glass or Galaxy Glass. The patent doesn’t describe exactly what this device would be used for, but it looks like Google Glass may have some tough competition in the future.
Google has officially announced via Google+ that Glass will be receiving KitKat later this week. Google is promising improved battery life and enhanced reliability, which will be welcome news to Explorers. Additionally, this update supposedly makes Glass easier to update in the future, which should help the device keep up-to-date with Android releases. Besides these under-the-hood enhancements, Google is adding various new features to the platform in this XE16 KitKat update. Read more