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Apr
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After much wringing of hands, it looks like Google Glass is back on its update track, with a long-awaited bump to KitKat imminent. Announced in a post to Glass' Google+ page earlier, the update is a big one. Obviously the headlining feature of the update is a move to Android 4.4, but Glass will soon be able to bundle photos, videos, and vignettes from each day (to free up precious timeline space), reply with photos in Hangouts, and send feedback directly from Glass.

Additionally, Glass will sort its ever-growing list of commands by frequency and recent history, meaning launch phrases you use often will bubble up to the top of the list.

Video calls are evidently getting the axe, as many users do not use them, and the feature isn't living up to the standards held by the Glass team (or explorers, according to the post). This seems like an odd decision, since video hangouts were one of the features that helped Glass make such a splash back at I/O 2012. The post does indicate that the feature will return when the experience is "better," but no real time frame is given.

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It isn't clear from the initial post when explorers can expect the update to hit their high-tech headsets, but it should be any time now, and the Glass team promises to divulge more details in the explorers community. We'll update this post when more info emerges.

Source: Google Glass

Liam Spradlin
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  • AbbyZFresh

    Means nothing since the consumer market has already decided this is a piece of crap to buy. The only people buying Glass tomorrow are the ones dumb enough to get themselves beaten up the following day. Good luck to them

    • Johnathan Rodriguez

      You sound like a certain group of people in 2010 before the iPad came out.

      You should go back there. It's where you belong.

    • maharbert

      Seen on the verge.

      "Abdul Adam

      Means nothing since the consumer market has already decided this is a piece of crap to buy.
      The only people buying Glass tomorrow are the ones dumb enough to get themselves beaten up the following day. Good luck to them."

      Troll bots/hybrids are upon us.

      • WORPspeed

        Skynet's latest weapon in their battleplan of Divide And conquer: They want us to believe AbbyZFresh is an actual person so people start fighting other people. We are ON TO YOU! (Crap, that just drew it's attention to me....was nice knowing you guys!)

  • Kaemo

    Since Glass has the same processor as the Galaxy Nexus, could that mean we could finally use updated drivers and build a 3.4 kernel? :o

    • http://www.felipeyang.com Felipe Yang

      Just go buy a Nexus 5...

      • Nimer55

        I was thinking the same thing he was, and I have a Nexus 5(and had a 4 and never had a Galaxy Nexus). The update is supposed to make things faster and use less battery, so if they've already done most of the heavy lifting, why not support their phones a little longer?

        While I like upgrading my phone yearly, people should be able to keep their phones for 3 years+. Especially since the phones are often sold in stores for 1-2 years after release (Canadian carriers are still selling the Nexus 4, making it not get any updates past 2014 even when spec is compatible is not a consumer friendly strategy)

      • CTT

        Unfortunately some people have Verizon.

      • James

        Just send me the money.

      • Carlos

        or just put N5 to the hole.

    • Mark Smith

      That's exactly what I was thinking!

      There are ROMS available now, like SlimKat, that actually use code Google developed to make KitKat work with the processor for GNex.

    • Simon Belmont

      It's not the EXACT same processor, but it's close. Glass uses the OMAP 4430, while the Galaxy Nexus is running the OMAP 4460.

      I doubt Google is going to reverse course now and update the Galaxy Nexus, as much as I, as a G'Nex owner, would like that. I got a Nexus 5 and I'm really happy with it and my G'Nex is on CM11 and runs great, too, and is my backup phone.

      • Pedro Borges

        But the project Ara has the 4460 and the guy from google said that TI was been very open and helpful. Not the rubbish they told when they want us to dish your gnex and buy a new phone from them...

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. It's really rather confounding isn't it?

          It seems like Google COULD update the G'Nex if they wanted to (third party custom ROMs show that KitKat runs like a dream on it). But, I think they wanted to make a firm stance on the 18 month support window (I'm hoping they extend it to 2 years, personally).

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    "Additionally, Glass will sort its ever-growing list of commands by frequency and recent history, meaning launch phrases you use often will bubble up to the top of the list. Video calls are evidently getting the axe, as many users do not use them, and the feature isn't living up to the standards held by the Glass team (or explorers)."

    Seriously, what does this paragraph mean? What is the onnection between the two sentences? One could assume they are connected and think that video calls are just not going to appear front and center in the list of commands any longer, but "getting the axe" usually means a feature will be just gone...

    Which is shocking. How come you have a glass but can't video chat with it? This doesn't make much sense to me, really =/

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Video chat will be gone, which - yes - is kind of a strange decision. Added a paragraph break for clarity.

    • Mario E Hdez

      Less than 10% of explorers used the video chat feature or did not enjoy the functionality. I'm not sure why, I actually used it a few times and it worked fine but it seems not everyone had a positive experience.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        But that's... That's... I don't know, being able to show somebody away from me what I'm actually seeing at that moment seems to be so important. Why not just... Leave it there, improve the experience, I don't know. Something.

        • Mario E Hdez

          I agree. It was a magical moment for me when I was able to hike to the summit of a nearby mountain and show my mom what I was looking at while simultaneously enjoying her reaction. Its a shame they couldn't keep it while improving it over time.

          • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

            Since it's such a big part of Hangouts in general, I'm sure they will bring it back eventually.

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    Guess I was the 10% which used video chat...

  • nickerrides

    Direct link herehttps://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts/gNS3JvHEdvV

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I bet Google will kill Glass just like they are killing other services and wiping out features, just because some fucking "explorers" (seriously, who the fuck are they? Why is it that they suddenly are more important and their opinion is the law?) said they didn't use/enjoy video calls

    • Morten Ulveseth

      They said it wasn't performing well enough, google knows exactly how many uses what services.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        So? If it doesn't perform well - improve it!

        But no, Google wants their Glass users to eat shit and stay without the feature altogether.

        Great fucking logic

        • lewishnl

          I don't know whether anyone has thought about this, but they've upgraded the entire system to Android KitKat 4.4, so they have to upgrade all of their apps to perform properly on KitKat and they may have found that video calling wasn't working (i.e. at all) in KitKat and given the lack of use and performance issues in older versions led them to delay the restoration of that feature for a future version of Glass. Seems sensible to me.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Then this upgrade was a shortsighted or simply stupid and rushed decision. Who releases an OS update prior to actually testing the rest of the software (apps) and making sure that everything works 100% stable?