Google has released an early version of the Glass Development Kit, opening the doors for leagues of new developers to create software for the company's advanced pair of glasses. This is only a sneak peak that's subject to change at any time, but developers can already download it now and start creating apps for Glass right away. It's available directly within the Android SDK Manager.


Developers need to own a pair of Glass in order to test what they produce, as an emulator isn't included. This limits who can currently produce software for the platform, but for anyone who can surpass that bar, development amounts to taking an Android app and altering it to work with Glass.


A number of apps built using the GDK were also unveiled today.

  • Allthecooks helps wearers keep up with recipes without having to juggle cooking with reading a book or computer screen.
  • GolfSight assists golfers with maps and stats.
  • Spellista is an interactive puzzle game, the first released for Glass.
  • Strava helps cyclists track their distance and visualize their progress.
  • Word Lens translates text in a different language into words your mind can handle.

We've watched for months now as Google gradually introduced code such as new voice commands that made these apps possible, sharing our observations in multiple APK teardowns.

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These apps are already available within MyGlass, so owners are free to try them out immediately.


Watch Google's unveil of the GDK and new Glassware below:

Sources: Google+, Glass Development Kit, GDK Quick Start

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    I keep wanting Glass more and more.
    I can't wait what ideas developers will bring as apps for the device!

    • Ty

      Same here. Just hoping they look cooler

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        On the other hand, they could've been much uglier to begin with.
        I would be okay with this design. After all, having a device next to your eye almost never looks good.

        *waits for people to reply with futuristic images to prove me wrong*

        • Ty

          That's true. I think it would be cool if they could merge them with prescription transition lenses so I could wear them all the time.

  • Brayden Reesor

    Word Lens on glass sounds amazing. I already have and love their app on my phone. But built in to glass as you look around? Awesome..

  • TheLastAngel

    I'll be damned. Some if these apps sound actually useful.

  • palmercurling

    Im not seeing that option in my SDK manager, which stinks cause i have a Glass and want to dev.

    • blahmoomoo

      I see it. Make sure you're looking under Android 4.0.3, as seen in the image.

  • Andy Stetson

    Now that there is a golf app, i want it even more! The fact that it is from SkyDroid is even better, since that is what is on my MotoActv, and I've set up some courses that the app didn't have on their website.

  • Bob

    I think this is a much smarter analysis of the issue (rather than just calling carriers stupid):

    "CTIA also said it supported legislation by Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, which proposed to make it a federal crime to modify cellphones to circumvent the stolen-cellphone database."

    "Mr. Schumer probably doesn't even know of Cyanogenmod, etc. Would those ROMs be illegal if they don't include the probably-not-open-source "anti-theft" apps?"