Google readying iPhone navigation and SMS support for Glass eyewear

By , May 3, 2013

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Google’s Glass project, the head-turning augmented reality-enabled glasses that run apps, continues to get largely positive reviews across the board. The pricey $1,500 eyewear currently requires a companion Glass app running on an Android handset in order to present information, such as upcoming meetings and missed calls, rendered as a futuristic overlay in front of your field of vision.

According to a new report, the Internet giant is working on a simplified system that will allow Glass to work with any iPhone or other mobile device, over Bluetooth, and use your smartphone for turn-by-turn navigation and text messages…

Currently, Glass depends on the MyGlass Android companion app which enables GPS and SMS messaging.

Frederic Lardinois of TechCrunch sat down with Google representatives in the company’s New York office, reporting this:

To use text messaging and navigation on Google Glass, users currently have to pair it with an Android phone and install the Glass companion app on their phones.

This will change very soon, however, one of the Google representatives in its New York office told me when I picked up my own unit yesterday afternoon.

Glass, the Google employee told me, will soon be able to handle these features independent of the device the user has paired it to (and maybe even independent of the Glass companion app).

Currently, Glass is unable to get turn-by-turn directions through iPhones.

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Worth remembering: Glass doesn’t have a GPS receiver (though it features a built-in compass), meaning it’s dependent on the paired device to provide it with location data.

Google will apparently remove the restriction of making navigation and SMS dependent on the companion app, opening door to support for turn-by-turn navigation when paired to an iPhone.

“It looks like this was just a function of the beta state of Glass, however, and that we can expect it to soon be fully functional, no matter the device it uses to connect to the Internet,” Lardinois writes.

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Glass is currently a pricey affair, costing a whopping $1,500 a piece. According to the official tech specs page, the Glass Explorer editions feature a five-megapixel camera with 720p video capture and sixteen gigabytes of storage (12GB usable).

Google Glass (image 009)

Its high-resolution display, Google says, is the equivalent of a “25-inch high-definition screen from eight feet away.”

In an effort to boost the ecosystem and help Glass hit the ground running, the search giant launched a seed funding to Glass developers via a new Glass Collective fund, backed by Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/esa.hergatama Esa Bontevaga

    jeff, i will wait your artikel. the tittle is ”how to use google glass for ios device” xD

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.sims.526 Eric Sims

      Artikel? Or article?

      • http://www.facebook.com/esa.hergatama Esa Bontevaga

        article.. sorry xD

  • http://twitter.com/idjcastro Gerardo Castro

    If only they looked like the Dragonball Z scouters… i’d buy one no matter what the cost! *sigh* one day….

  • hermantf

    Even if the price were much, much lower (say $300 – $500), I just can’t see people actually putting these things on their faces and walking around in public. I’m sure the technology in them is awesome, but from a fashion perspective, they just look silly.

    • http://twitter.com/rlmeena Roshan

      This is first release. overtime they will get better, I will probably buy it in next few years. It’s a great product.

    • Felipe

      That’s what old geezers said about Bluetooth hands free a few years ago.

      Different story taking pictures with an full sized iPad

  • http://www.facebook.com/CL3M3NTY3O Clement Yeo

    more accidents happen when u focus on the glass instead of the world/environment surrounding u…. just saying

  • Felicia Gordon

    what is the point if i have to keep touching the glass for every action. why not use my iphone for the same????

  • Gorgonphone

    THIS SUUCKS