Google is pushing a new monthly update to Glass owners with some pretty incredible improvements to photo captures along with a few other not as exciting things. The update follows version XE5 from May 8th and, as you might have guessed, is numbered XE6.

Here is the full changelog provided to us by the Glass team:

Google Glass update version XE6:

  • Better photos through Glass
  • Voice annotate your photos and videos when sharing
  • Improvements to On-Head Detection. Please re-calibrate to enable the improvements.
  • Improved cards in Google Now for Sports, and a new card for Birthdays
  • Fixes for several issues

Additionally, we were able to dig up the following (thanks, Russell Holly):

  • New sound when taking Glass off

So what are these amazing improvements to photo-taking? It all comes down to the Glass team enabling HDR mode, which leads to better photos in bright and especially low-light situations. HDR mode (High Dynamic Range) works by capturing several shots at once at different exposure levels and then blending them together into one, and let me tell you - if the examples they've picked out will be indeed representative of average improvements to Glass' camera, I'll be more than impressed.

The photos on the left were taken without HDR enabled, while XE6's improved camera software took the ones on the right:

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You can view more examples here. The Glass team assures us that HDR even works great with moving subjects. Not bad, right?

The rest of the bullet points in XE6 aren't nearly as exciting - you can now add transcribed captions to photos and videos, the head-on detection and Google Now's Sports cards work better, there's now a Birthdays card, and several issues that weren't worthy of a mention were fixed.

Overall, looks like a month well spent. Nice job, Glass team. Onto battery life improvements next?

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Michael Pahl

    "Overall, looks like a month well spent. Nice job, Glass team. Onto battery life improvements next?"

    Imo, Google should really focus on battery life for the next major update. We now have buttery smooth IU, Google Now, awesome Music app, smart Gmail app - loads of improvements all around. Now lets find a way to stretch two days with 2500mah batterys....

    • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

      Did you read the article? Did you even read the quote you quoted?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I think he's just agreeing with the quote, that's all.

      • Michael Pahl

        I was talking about Android in general. And what I said was I agree with the statement i quoted, lets focus on battery now. What part did you misunderstand?

        • Josh Brown

          Well, the article was on Glass specifically, not Android. Comments on Android seem a little out of left field. Granted Glass is based on Android, but it really has its own concerns.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I really hope the improved picture taking finds it way into the next Android update!

    • Kcls

      HDR is already a part of Android!

      • Maff Mace

        Yeah, I use HDR quite often on my Nexus 4, useless with anything moving though

    • GazaIan

      HDR is already in Android.