Google updates Glass, ditches video calls, but improves photo browsing

Google Glass gets an update, new tools for working with photos, but video calls abilities have now been removed.

Published Mon, Apr 14 2014 9:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Google is pushing out an update to Glass, which will see some improvements, and the removal of the function to video call people. Google removed the video call function from Glass as the feature didn't meet Google's "high standards".

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The search giant says that around 10% of Glass users were using the video call function, so in light of this, the Glass team made "the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better". Onto the updates, where Glass will not bundle photos together - this is really important, as your timeline can be completely cluttered with photos.

The latest update to Glass will bundle all of your photos, videos and vignettes into a single bundle for each day. For someone like me who takes lots of photos and videos per day, my timeline is constantly cluttered - news to my wearable ears!

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While video calling abilities have been removed, Hangouts on Glass is still there - with the ability to snap photos and send them to friends, or group chats in Hangouts. There's also a new voice command menu that sorts itself by frequency and recency, as well as a new ability to easily send Google feedback from your Glass unit. Google has also teased that there are some other yet undisclosed features with the latest update, something that the company will share with the world soon.


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