Google Glass Gets Android KitKat, Loses Video Calling

Google Glass will get an upgrade to the Android KitKat operating system this week, the search giant has announced, making it easier for developers to create applications for the head-worn gadget.


Announced on the company’s Google+ page, the KitKat update will be available for Glass users later this week, just as the device goes on sale to the general public for one day only on 15 April - albeit only to the US and for $1,500.


Another software update for Glass this week is called photo bundles, which essentially groups photos and video taken from the same day into a bundle, or folder. This will make navigation easier for Glass users who have many photos stored on the device.


Users will also soon be able to replay to Hangout messages with photos, and changes to the user interface layout mean the most frequently used commands will be listed first when the wearer says “Ok, Glass”.


But while the update gives with one hand, it takes away with the other. Video calls will no longer be possible with Glass once KitKat has been installed. Google admits: “We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards. Explorers have told us so directly, and fewer than 10% of them use video calls.”


For this reason, Google has “made the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better.”



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