Google Glass to get Android KitKat update this week

Google Glass to get Android KitKat update this week

Google has announced a firmware update for its Google Glass eyewear that is due to start rolling out later this week and notably features Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Other new features include a bunch of much requested features by Glass Explorers, apart from improvements such as better battery life. The update will not be visible right away.

The news comes from the official Google+ account of Google Glass that states "You've been asking us when the next round of updates were coming. Well, they're coming later this week! We know it's been a little while, but this is a big one and we think it's well worth the wait."

Google Glass's upcoming KitKat Glass software will enable the developers to write 'Glassware' using the Android SDK and some new features from the GDK.

Google, as a part of the update, will bring 'Photo Bundles', a feature that has been long-requested by the Glass Explorers. The feature would organise the images and videos from the user's timeline in bundles letting them scroll less and see more photos unlike before.

The KitKat update for Google Glass will let users send images via Hangouts by simply tapping the 'Reply' button and capturing a photo. Glass Explorers will also experience a simplified voice command menu as it will now appear sorted out as per user's frequently used voice commands, making it easier to access.

Unfortunately, interestingly, Google will be removing the video calling feature from Glass. Google's reason behind this step is that many of the Glass Explorers have been complaining about the video call quality and less than 10 percent of the Explorers used the particular feature.

Google however, promises to include the feature back after improving its quality, tells users to keep an eye on MyGlass for latest Glassware releases.


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