Google Glass was released more than three years ago, but it’s been dormant for so long. The project disappeared from the public and we haven’t heard a peep since. The world wasn’t quite ready for Google Glass, so most people’s glasses have been lying around collecting dust.
Now, out of nowhere, both the device and its companion app are getting updates. Google Glass has been updated to firmware version XE23, which now supports Bluetooth mice and keyboards for wireless input. The companion app was updated to target Android 5.1 (up from 4.2) and now has a notification listener service. It no longer interferes with Android Wear, so you can use both at the same time. It also asks you to disable Doze mode for the app so it won’t be killed when the phone sleeps.
Is this a resurgence in Google Glass? We don’t know. It might be the start of something bigger, a precursor to a future announcement. It might also be a small update to make the $1500 glasses less useless for those who paid up. We’ll see, but Google Glass is not yet forgotten.