Apr 14 AT 8:46 PM Alex Wagner 3 Comments

Google Glass update to bring KitKat, improved battery life and more

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Ahead of its limited time public Google Glass sale, Google has announced a major update for its Android-powered eyewear.

Google says that the latest Glass update will bump the wearable up to KitKat, the newest version of Android, and bring a number of improvements and other tweaks. Here’s a rundown of what to expect form the next Glass update:

  • KitKat: Brings improved battery life, makes Glass more reliable and easier to update and also allows developers to create apps using the latest Android software development kit.
  • Photo bundles: When scrolling through a timeline, photos, videos and vignettes from each day will be bundled together for less swiping.
  • Photo replies in Hangouts: Tap “Reply” and then take a photo to share it with a Hangouts chat partner, or just tap “Send” to use an existing image.
  • Sending feedback: Tap on device info card in Settings for option to send feedback to Google.
  • Voice command sorting: When you tap or say “Ok Glass,” voice commands will be sorted by recency and frequency to make it easier to access frequently-used commands.
  • Video calls: Video call support will be removed for now. Google says that video calls “aren’t living up to [its] standards” and that fewer than 10 percent of Glass Explorers use video calls.

Google says that the KitKat update for Glass will begin rolling out later this week. Overall this looks like a pretty significant update for Google’s headwear, and the best part is that it should begin hitting Glass units as soon as they begin arriving in the mailboxes of those folks that buy them tomorrow.

Now that we know that Google Glass will begin receiving KitKat later this week, do you plan on buying a unit during the one-day sale?

Source: +GoogleGlass

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