Sep 17 AT 1:34 PM Dima Aryeh 13 Comments

Google Glass update XE9 removes the need for data tethering


While Google Glass isn’t a mainstream product yet, it does face an expensive issue: it needs a Bluetooth tethering connection at all times. It gets its data through tethering, and as you know, a tethering plan costs a good chunk of money. Sure, Google Glass itself was $1,500, but look further into the future. Is it easy to justify buying an accessory just to have to pay for that tethering plan every month to use it? For many, that’s an extra $20 a month.

The newest software update to Google Glass gets rid of that tethering requirement, now allowing the MyGlass app to send data directly to Glass without needing to tether it. This is an awesome feature which will allow you to use Google Glass without paying for a tethering plan. I’m sure it’ll also annoy some carriers, but hey, it helps the consumer! Google Glass isn’t a smartphone, it’s an accessory and shouldn’t need tethering.

It’s interesting to see Google ignoring the interest of carriers to bring a better user experience to its users. It’s not often that companies do that, but it’s what should always happen. US carriers have far too much power over manufacturers.

So if you own a pair of Google Glass, let it update itself and go update the MyGlass companion app! You’ll get this new functionality and can call in to cancel that pesky tethering plan.

Source: Phandroid

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • mvndaai

    I love when companies do things so carriers can’t rip you off for no reason. The only problem I see here is if carriers start blocking the app, which would be the worst thing ever. I wouldn’t be surpised, they did with Google Wallet, and every free tether app out there.

  • pekosROB

    I had no idea Glass required tethering until I read this. So does it send and receive data from your phone via bluetooth/wifi?

    • Dima Aryeh

      Yep, it’s simple Bluetooth tethering.

  • SGB101

    The tethering tariff is a US thing, every android since my g1 has had it out of the box, with no extra monthly cost.

    Even my Nokia N96 had it. Wired not wifi though.

    I don’t use tethering a lot, just from time to time, but last December we had broadband issues at home, I clocked up almost 20gb tethering and the wife was 13gb iirc. I didn’t hear any complaints from t-mobile UK.

    Back to glass, I never understood why your charged extra, to
    Search Google do sat Navy etc… via glass but from your phone’s data, as if you didn’t have glass
    Glass yo you would still do it on your phone. All it is is a posh remote display.

    Apologies is the spelling and grammar is messed up, bit for some reason I can only see 3 words at a time, when I’m posting.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Yep, very much a US thing. For most plans, tethering is $20 extra per month and we still have the data cap we pay for. Some plans come with tethering, like AT&T and Verizon sharing plans. It’s still BS though, I just tether on a rooted Android phone for free. Rarely, when I really need it, but it happens.

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  • zillo

    wow, thats nice for gg owners (the very few)

  • pjamies

    Ya, we no need no stinking tethering bonus packages up here in good old Canadiana .. lol
    We just do it ..
    But Yes, our cost for 2 & 3yr phone terms are stupid high .. (only 2yr terms are allowed now ..)
    So, I guess we are paying for it some where/how..

  • Kilgore Trout

    I can’t wait for the first pair of GGlasses to be subpenaed in a criminal case for recorded data…

  • donger

    wow so awesome. wish i had one of these.

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