Google's elite team of Glass Explorer Program testers are getting an update today to XE7. The full changelog has been posted this time as well. Previous updates were only broken down in the private Explorer community. There are some substantial improvements this time, including a way to stream YouTube to Glass.

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The Google Glass XE7 update brings a browser that can pull down full webpages from your search results. The touchpad uses single and two-finger gestures to navigate around the page. A YouTube video pulled up in the browser plays just fine, too.

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Here are the rest of the changes per Google's page:

  • More opportunities to say "ok glass" – Glass now understands commands like "reply" and "read aloud" when viewing a message. Pictures can be shared instantly by saying "ok glass, share with..." too. Answering and rejecting a call can also be done via voice.
  • Send a message to more than ten people – The full My Contacts list is accessible with trackpad.
  • Search improvements – More "conversational" search. For example, search "How tall is the Eiffel Tower?," then long press the touchpad again and ask"When was it built?" This seems like the functionality Google demoed at I/O on the desktop.
  • New touch menu from the Home screen – Horizontal scrolling when using touchpad.
  • New Google Now places bundle – Nearby places are bundled together.
  • Default contact information – Choose default contact number or email for individual contacts.
  • Email/Phone number badges – Tells you if a contact has an attached email, phone number, or both.
  • Simple Sharing – "Sharing Contacts" is changing. Now 10 the most frequent contacts will show up at the top of all lists for faster sharing.
  • Better contact selection auto-complete
  • Bug fixes – On-Head Detection improvements, more reliable video uploads, and minor improvements to battery gauge.


This is a seriously hefty update, and it should arrive on all units within a few days. Hopefully this is just the beginning of the Glass team ramping up the changes and making the device easier to use.

[Project Glass Google+, Google Chnagelog; Thanks: Rob Aymett and Jake Weisz]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

    Every day, I want it more than the previous.

  • HGamesTeamCato

    I hope this improves battery life.

    • Keith I Myers

      I have not seen any indications that it improves battery life so far. I am going to give mine a full charge and take it for a spin in the morning.

  • Casin

    Wow. If the consumer version has this software, a bigger battery and better camera and nothing else, I would still buy it. With more software updates coming, this will probably be an instabuy for many of us.

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    I just got the update a few minutes ago after plugging in Glass.

    Let me just say: browsing the web on this thing is truly awesome. I got a "Glass Grin" that I haven't gotten for a while. Mobile sites are perfectly sized to read on glass, scrolling is ultra smooth. Panning around fullsize pages works well too if you have patience to scan & read. The link selection mechanism is pretty genius and works great.

    Didn't expect a web browser but I'm super glad to have one. Still experimenting with some of the other new features.

  • redthunda69

    Let's get a teardown up in this biznitch.

    • Adam

      It's been done tons of times already.

      • redthunda69

        Really? They tore down XE7?

  • Sean Thomas

    I don't get how you use a lot of the things in these screens on glass....will be interesting to see more about this update.

  • Adam

    Glass still doesn't fold up like glasses. Needs a case almost the size of a N7 case. Defeats the purpose of glasses, huh?

    • Casin

      I think the trick to carrying them around is to wear them. Pretty ingenious, right?

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

      That's going to be addressed in the next software update.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    the Eiffel tower example works on standard google now (mobile) too

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. It's been doing that for a while now.

      Like they said above, I believe since Google I/O 2013. Pretty cool stuff.

  • meelyg

    All we need to know is, Will it Blend?