Google has released the latest set of updates coming to Glass. The updates are set to start rolling out throughout the week alongside Google’s move to temporarily allow the general public to become Explorers and purchase Glass.
The biggest update coming to Glass is the implementation of Android KitKat which will bring with it improved battery life, more reliability, and easier updates moving forward. KitKat on Glass will also allow developers to write Glassware using the latest Android SDK as well as the new features of the GDK (Glass Development Kit).
Photo Bundling, a long-requested feature for Glass, is also coming with the new update. Users who scroll through their timeline will now see their photos, videos, and vignettes from each day organized in bundles. The feature is meant to make it easier and faster to swipe through a user’s collection of media.
Another photo feature that’s being added to the latest update is the ability to send photo replies in Hangouts. Users can now tap Reply then take a photo to send a photo reply or simply tap on a photo they’ve previously taken and hit Send to attach the photo in a Hangout message.
Google has also changed the way Explorers can send feedback to the company. Now, users need only tap on the device info card in the Settings menu and start telling Google what’s on their mind.
There’s one feature though that’s leaving Glass, at least for now. Google has decided that video calling isn’t “ready” for Glass and they’ve removed the feature altogether. Here’s their explanation for the move:
“We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards. Explorers have told us so directly, and fewer than 10% of them use video calls. For this reason, we’ve made the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better. We don’t know when that will be, but in the meantime, keep an eye on MyGlass as more Glassware is built and released – we’re already seeing the developer community work on other video streaming services. We’ve always said that feedback from Explorers shapes Glass, and this is no exception.”
Google has also said that more changes are incoming with the update and users should follow the Glass Journal in the Explorers Community to see the rest of them.