Google today announced the latest update to its Glass project, adding five new features for those who have shelled out $1,500 for the wearable device. The new additions include better photo sharing for Android users, as well as Google Now cards for the World Cup, parking location, and package tracking. Google has also added a battery notification for when Glass drops below 20 percent, in response to feedback from current device owners.
First up, the photo-sharing update means when you take a picture on Glass, you’ll see it instantly on your Android phone when you open the MyGlass app. Tap the image to open it, apply a filter or make some edits, and share it via your favorite app.
The best part is saved for last: “Oh, and did we mention you don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi?” Google says it is working on bringing to same functionality to MyGlass for iOS, but wouldn’t offer a specific date to look forward to.
The first Google Now card lets you follow the World Cup on Glass. Just set up notifications on Google Now (add your team manually or click “Yes” when you see the option to get match updates).
Here’s how it looks:
The second shows your parking location. If you forget where you parked your car, just look to the left of your Glass home screen to find your Parking location card and follow the map back to your parking spot:
The third one lets you track your packages: you’ll get notifications on Glass when they ship as well as are delivered. Just go to your Google Now settings and make sure you’ve answered “Yes” to receiving “package updates based on your Gmail.”
This update is slated to roll out “later this week.”
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