Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Google today announced the latest update to its Glass project, adding two new features for those who have shelled out $1,500 for the wearable device. The new additions include SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware.
The former means iOS users can now finally receive texts from their friends on Glass, just like their Android counterparts have been able to for months. To take advantage, head to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turn on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass.
When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Unfortunately, Google says you won’t be able to reply from Glass “due to some limitations with iOS.”
The latter is meanwhile a new calendar feature located on the Glassware tab in MyGlass. Once you turn on Calendar Glassware, it will show your agenda to the left of the home screen. Tapping a calendar card from your timeline will let you change the title, time, location, and RSVP, as well as delete the event or dismiss it from your timeline.
Just last week, Google announced a major update to Glass, upgrading the device to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, the update also removed a key feature: video calls.
In today’s announcement, the company explained that updates will now be coming more frequently: “Didn’t expect to see us back so soon, did you? Now that we’ve finished upgrading your Glass software to Android KitKat, we plan to bring you faster updates.”
Google used to update Glass on a monthly basis, but at the start of 2014 the frequency took a hit as the company focused on the KitKat release. Even with the faster schedule, however, the company wouldn’t say when it plans to bring back video calls.
See also – How Google Glass can evolve as a tool for journalists and Google letting Glass Explorers invite a friend to join the program
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