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Google Glass Explorer Edition getting updated XE5 software, brings with it new features and enhancements

Google pushes out Glass software update, brings bug fixes and new features to the headset.

@tracehagan
Published Wed, May 8 2013 2:09 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

We're a bit in love with Google Glass. We're closely following along the progress made by Glass and are happy to report that it is receiving a software update that brings with it a bunch of new features. According to Google, the update brings with it a host of changes, including crash reporting.

Google Glass Explorer Edition getting updated XE5 software, brings with it new features and enhancements | TweakTown.com

  • Change to sync policy: require power + wifi for background uploads
  • Crash reporting
  • Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
  • Incoming Hangout notifications
  • Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
  • Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
  • International number dialing + SMS
  • Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
  • New On-Head Detection calibration flow
  • Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
  • More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
  • New recipient-list mosaic

One interesting change worth noting is that background syncing now requires the device to be on a local Wi-Fi network and plugged into power. We imagine this is to increase the rather short battery life, but can't confirm this as the reason. Other notable changes include the addition of Google+ notifications.

If you have an Explorer Edition in your possession, simply plug it into a power source and Google should take care of the rest.

NEWS SOURCE:phandroid.com

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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