The Google Glass Explorer program is all about experimentation, hacking, and learning. With that in mind, Google has already posted the factory image for the XE6 update from earlier today. Hooray for openness! You know... if you're lucky enough to be in the super-exclusive Explorer program.


The XE6 update is 334MB and can be used to flash Glass back to its factory settings. There is also a pre-rooted bootloader image for XE6 to make rooting a snap. Well, it's more like typing five lines of code, but that's still pretty easy. These files join the pre-existing XE5 system image that was posted late last month.

Downloads are hosted on the Google Glass Developer site down below. Just remember: rooting and unlocking your device can make updates a pain, and you might break your $1500 face computer. Exercise caution, but please make cool stuff.

[Google Glass System Images]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Will you guys be doing one of the "tear down" articles on this to see if anything interesting pops out?

    Unfortunately my Glass is being RMA'd right now (Blue Screen of Death, not even kidding) but I can't wait to try the new photo features when I get a new unit.

    • Zhuowei

      The biggest hidden feature is probably Sound Search: enable the lab persist.lab.sound_search, then say OK Glass, Google , finally, right-swipe to make it start listening for songs.

      It worked with a recording of Fireflies I played to it.

  • http://www.hopy1.com/ hopy

    Thanks for giving me the useful information. I think I need it. Thank you