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Google Glass gets back-up, calling, Field Trip updates

updated 08:01 pm EDT, Tue April 29, 2014

Setting keeps Google Glass from backing up over cellular connection

Google has updated its Glass smart headwear with three changes to make it more usable. At the same time as the software update, Google's Niantic Labs has improved its Field Trip app for Glass, adding a new voice command that immediately takes users not only to the app, but also immediately starts recommending places to visit nearby.

Google Glass now adds an option to back up photographs and videos when plugged in and on Wi-Fi, so that users don't have to worry about their data plan being unexpectedly consumed. Users with larger data allowances can still override this setting, and force backups to occur over a cellular connection by swiping to the Auto Back-up card in the settings and tapping to commence. The second change also relates to the Auto Back-up card, with the addition of a swipe forward command to clear synchronized photos and videos from the timeline to free up the onboard storage.

Google Glass back-up card
Google Glass back-up card

The third change to the Glass software improves the way it handles phone calls. If a call is made or answered by a connected smartphone, the audio will pipe through just the phone, but answering or calling through Glass will instead use the headset's audio. If Glass is turned off or inactive, or Glass detects it is not being worn, the calls will not route to Glass.

Field Trip can now be activated as a top-level voice command, with the prompt "Okay Glass, Explore Nearby" automatically bringing up recommendations, according to the app's Google+ page. Requests in Field Trip can be adjusted to specific categories of the user's choosing. Existing Field Trip for Glass users will need to toggle the option off and back on in the MyGlass app in order to use the new voice command.

Field Trip for Glass
Field Trip for Glass

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