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Google upgrades Glass hardware, releases more Glasswear apps

updated 05:26 am EDT, Wed June 25, 2014

Memory boost for Google Glass helps shorten app loading times

Google has upgraded the hardware of Google Glass, just after putting the head-mounted device on sale outside of the United States for the first time. Ahead of today's Google I/O developer conference, the company has revealed the headset has received a boost to its RAM, from 1GB to 2GB, as well as a number of other changes to its onboard software.

In comparison to the original hardware, Google has managed to improve its battery life by over 20 percent, made voice search 10-percent faster, through a mix of hardware and software changes. Product manager Steve Lee told The Verge the extra RAM "will allow for more Glassware [apps] to run in parallel and for each Glassware to start more quickly. You'll notice the device generally feels a bit faster and more reliable."

Google Glass
Google Glass

Two main changes have been made to the Glass software. Two new Google Now cards are being introduced, advising where the wearer parked their car, and notifications for packages. A new viewfinder is also available, bringing up four white L's in the corners of the screen for easier photo framing.

Google has also revealed a collection of 12 new items of Glasswear for users to try out. The variety of apps range from typical fare for smartphones, such as The Guardian, Shazam, and Duolingo, though a number appear to be more for general fitness. The Runtastic fitness trainer and Zombies, Run! both provide running-related fitness tracking, while 94Fifty Basketball works with the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball to help the wearer play better.

by MacNN Staff



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