brings real-time currency rates to Glass

Google released a small neat app Monday morning which allows you to check currency exchange rates in real-time on Glass.

The simple app has a slightly more complicated name that it goes by –

Official Glassware, bringing real-time currency exchange rates to your Glass. We support most popular exchange rates to PLN in current version, but stay tuned for updates.

At the moment the app can convert only major currencies to PLN (Polish Zloty) which might be the only drawback to the app. In the description they stated there will be updates and I can only imagine these will add more currencies to convert.


Twitter for Glass is no longer supported

According to Reddit user pete716, Twitter is no longer supporting its Google Glass client that has been on Glass since the beginning.

According to Glass support Twitter is no longer developing their Glass app. This was one of my favorite and most used apps on Glass. If you remove Twitter from your Glass it disappears from Glassware and there is no option to reinstall it.

If you glance over at the Glassware section of MyGlass you will notice Twitter is no longer mentioned. The only way you can find it is if you have it already installed and if you do it will show up in your Active Glassware. Although it will show up in Active Glassware, it lacks a picture and the description states

This Glassware has not been reviewed by Google.

If a large social media company drops support for its Glassware, that could lead to speculation that they don’t have as much faith in Glass as we do. I use this app everyday and hate to see it go. Hopefully a Glass Developer will make a third-party application soon to take over as the new Twitter client for Glass.

How do you feel about Twitter no longer continuing to support its app?

Source: Reddit

Find parking spaces on Glass with CitySpot

Everybody has run into the car parking predicament where you circle around the same block over and over again to find an open spot. CitySpot tries to combat this vicious cycle by letting your Google Glass find a parking spot for you. Continue reading “Find parking spaces on Glass with CitySpot”

Glass completes transition to Google Play Store

We reported last month that Google placed Glass into the US Google Play Store as well as keeping it available in the Glass specific shop. Today it seems that Google has completed its transition to the Play Store by full eliminating the Glass-only store that has been used since the beginning of the Explorer Program.

Now when you click Shop on the MyGlass page or visit the following link, you will now be automatically redirected to the Glass page of the Google Play Store.

The Google Play Store is home to all of Google’s mainstream products which makes us believe that Glass is now considered that caliber of product. However with the many flaws of this beta device, we still expect a consumer version of Glass with the flaws fixed to launch later this year.

Do you consider Glass a retail product? Drop us a comment and let us know.


Android Wear notifications come to Google Glass in XE22.0

Google quietly just released an update to Glass as well as an instructional video to the Glass YouTube channel regarding the ability to receive Android notifications on Glass. They call this feature Notification Sync and it is only available on Android at this time.

Demonstrated in this tutorial style video is the process of setting Notification Sync up and what actions happen once enabled. This allows for endless possibilities such as receiving an alert from a third-party messaging app or getting real-time Ingress portal updates.

Notification Sync has a few tricks up its sleeve. These being the ability to mute certain apps as well as a new card within each notification to easily open it up on your Android phone. If you have an Android Wear device this should sound very familiar to the experience you are receiving on your wrist.

This feature alone is what the sole premise of Android Wear and now that Glass is receiving this skill, Glass may have the lead in Google’s wearable selection.

To enable this feature you will need Google’s newly released XE22.0 update on your Glass as well as MyGlass 3.3.0 for Android. To learn more about all that Notification Sync can do visit the Notifications section in Glass Help.

The only other feature in this update is to have the choice between multiple routes for Google Maps Navigation.

The Google Glass XE22 update is rolling out this week and the MyGlass update is coming Wednesday, October 15th.

Source: Glass G+ UpdateXE22 Release Notes

Google Glass + Android Wear merge allegedly confirmed

Google quietly released an update to the software running on the Explorer Edition of Google Glass. This bumps the version to XE21.3 from the previous XE21. It is a very small update aimed towards iPhone users since it has added the Photo Sync functionality to the MyGlass app. This immediately syncs photos taken on Glass to the connected iPhone via the MyGlass app.

Our beloved Glass update tinkerer Brian Buquoi looked through the source files in this incremental update to find some relatively important information. Deep inside this update Brian found only one new APK (Android Application Package). and the name of this file is MyGlassWear.apk which is in the priv-app directory. This file was not present in the previous update XE21 which makes me believe this merge is slowly being implemented.

This file gives us a good idea that Glass and Android Wear will merge at some point in the future, however until it has been announced we can’t be completely certain on this topic.

Would you enjoy a merge between the two operating systems or would you like them to remain separated? Let us know in the comments.

Update: Google quietly approves the use of Glass in Canada

Google is slowly allowing Glass to reach other countries and recently has been making the stride even quicker. Google first launched Glass exclusively in the US then this summer launched it in the UK and now quietly revealed the plans for releasing Glass in Canada.

Brian Buquoi, a Glass Explorer who received a replacement Glass today and found a unique card on top of the pouch included with Glass. This card has official regulatory information for Google Glass in Canada.


Noted on this card is that Glass has been approved by Industry Canada (IC) and that you should keep this card with your Glass unit. You can also find IC registration in the Regulatory Info card in the Settings bundle on Glass.

This is a very large step for both Google Glass and Canada since it has been one of the most requested countries to receive Mountain View’s wearable device. We should be hopefully hearing an official sometime in the near future.

Update: Brian also has a screenshot of the Regulatory Info card found on Glass since Google’s latest XE21 update. The file name is “regulatory_info_canada.png”.


ViewTube brings full-fledged YouTube experience to Glass

Google seems to refresh the Glassware catalog every week and this morning we have received – ViewTube. ViewTube for Glass is a full YouTube app that has many neat tricks up its sleeve.

Previously, without any installations you could say “Ok Glass, Google YouTube ‘Cat Videos'” and it would pull up relevant matches. This time around ViewTube, once installed let’s you listen to YouTube videos and have them run in the background while you interact with Glass.

Search for YouTube content and view it directly on Glass as well as listen to content while multitasking with other Glassware. With ViewTube, you can continue listening to content in the background while interacting with other Glassware by simply swiping away from ViewTube. The seamless experience allows one to return from listening to viewing content by moving back to ViewTube at anytime. Other features supported in ViewTube are controls for fast forward, rewind and pause.

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Noted in the description above is the ability to control the YouTube videos by fast forwarding, rewinding, and pausing videos.

All of those control features are great however, I have to say that the ability to have videos run in the background while you can use the device for other tasks is the core feature for me to install this app.

YouTube has become a large portion of my free-time and I know that ViewTube will become very useful for me while using Glass. What do you think about this fully functional YouTube app for Glass?

Download: ViewTube on MyGlass

Update: Small hidden timeline feature implemented in XE21

The latest Glass update XE21 seems to be hitting Glass all over today. I just received the update to one of my devices and I have been playing around with it this morning.

For those wondering what was included in this update, here is a brief overview. XE21 brought a Developer Settings bundle to settings if activated and a few small additions such as quicker updates to sports. You can activate Dev Settings by turning on Turn on Debug in the Settings bundle and then you should see it in the Settings bundle.

We are here to show you a small unannounced feature in this new update. This small little feature was found by Zack Freedman, Thursday afternoon.

You know that when you swipe a long distance in a short amount of time on the touchpad while on the timeline? You get the zoomed out card view for faster navigation through the timeline. With this ability you had to be swiping first and then it would zoom out.

Now in XE21 you can start swiping with two fingers to zoom out first and then quickly navigate through the timeline.

Try this cool new feature out and be sure to show your appreciation towards Zack for finding this neat little feature!

Update: Zack pointed out to me that not only does this work on the timeline but in any app with a cards layout. He says try Star Chart for a “neat bug”.

Event: Fitness Glassware Fair & BBQ at LA Basecamp

I applaud Google’s ability to host events for Glass Explorers to make it feel like a true one of a kind experience. I have attended every event in the LA area that Google hosted as well other Explorer hosted events nearby.

These events allow Explorers to connect with each other along with Glass Guides while engaging in great conversation. I have met many amazing friends through these events and if you are nearby a Glass Explorer event, I encourage you to partake in the activity.

Google’s latest event is a Fitness Glassware Fair with a BBQ following directly. This exciting event takes place on Saturday, September 13th at Google’s Los Angeles Basecamp.

Google’s event is described as the following:

We’re opening the LA Basecamp for an afternoon of fitness and fun. Hang with fellow Glass Explorers, try out some of the latest fitness Glassware, engage in a little friendly competition, and enjoy some healthy BBQ.

All Glass enthusiasts are welcome, including current Explorers, +1’s, and anyone else interested in trying out fitness applications #throughglass.

RSVP, as space is limited. We’ll see you there!

Fitness Glassware Fair & BBQ at LA Basecamp

3:00 PM – 5:30PM

Saturday, September 13, 2014

340 Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Google is now allowing not just Glass Explorers but also enthusiasts and +1’s to join in on the fun as well. So even if you don’t Glass you can still come and challenge an existing Explorer to a game!

I will be attending as well as many other local LA Explorers so come on down if you are nearby.

Be sure to RSVP by grabbing a free ticket at the Eventbrite page before they are out!