Google Updates Glass for 2014 Launch

To some people it seems as though Google Glass has already been released, with tons of developer kits out in the wild and numerous reviews already being posted. In reality however, the final version of Glass has yet to come out.

It has been a busy week for Glass as Google released an update for its software and the company began sending out invitations for a hackathon meant to perfect Glass prior to its official launch. Since the current version of Glass will end up being different from the final product, Google will allow trade-ins early next year so that people have the latest hardware and software for the device.

Software Updates

The latest update for Glass's software, XE11, brings upgrades to Google Calendar integration, navigation, screencasts and setup. All of these updates are meant to smooth out the software, with the intent of making it as clean as possible before Glass hits store shelves.

Google Calendar has been upgraded to allow users to say "OK Glass, google my agenda" or "OK Glass, google what I'm doing next week" in order to attain information regarding their upcoming events. A big change involves Maps, as the software now accepts pre-existing "Home" and "Work" locations as appropriate destinations.

The current tutorial for new users has been replaced presumably with the one Google wants to use at launch. Future Glass customers probably won't receive the personalized setup extended to the developer units and current users can see the new setup tutorial by initiating a factory reset.

Screencasting has been improved as Glass users will now be able to stream content to a nearby Android device that has the MyGlass app installed. Technically this feature has always been supported but it has been made easier with the addition of a dedicated screencast button.

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