Google Glass Gets Hardware And Software Updates, Here’s What Is New

We may be on the eve of Google I/O, but that doesn’t mean that the company is going to hold news back for its big opening keynote. Hot on the heels of the news that Glass is now available for order in the UK, Google has also announced that new units will ship with extra RAM and a larger battery, two changes that have apparently come about as part of the public beta the company has been running for quite a while now.

Even though some may not appreciate Google’s approach of selling Glass in a somewhat unfinished state, it is clear that it is taking the feedback provided by its ‘Explorers’ and putting it to good use. The inclusion of more RAM, upping the capacity to 2GB, will allow more Glassware to run simultaneously as well as making each individual app launch quicker that ever before. The speeding up of the whole Glass experience is something that owners have been asking for, and giving the device more RAM to play with is sure to help that along.

The increased battery life comes partly thanks to a larger battery, and partly due to software optimizations that have been applied through various OTA updates. A new update, out today, puts the finishing touches on Google’s aim to eek as much battery life out of the Glass headset as possible, with an extra 15% quoted by the company. Longer life between charges is another request from those using Glass on a daily basis, we’re told.

The complete list of changes in the new upgraded Glass units are as follows, as outlined by the search giant itself in a post on Google+:

Glass 2GB RAM

As you can see, the hardware front isn’t the only thing that got attention here. Google has rolled out an update to the software that powers Glass too, adding new Google Now cards, one showing you where you parked your car, and the other for tracking your packages. Apart from that, framing a photo for a perfect shot is now much more easier.

It’s not all good news unfortunately, though. Whereas Google swapped out existing Glass devices when it last updated Glass – to allow for prescription lenses – it won’t be doing the same this time around. Apparently any Glass that has shipped since March already has the larger capacity battery, though they don’t have the extra RAM. All new units, including those newly available to the UK, will be the upgraded hardware however.


Clearly we won’t be getting a new version of Glass at Google I/O, then!

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