Google Glass Code Released to Developers
Google's Glass devices have been shipping to early users, and now the company wants to encourage the development of more apps for Glass.Google Glass apps development can now get under way in a big way, now that Google has released the open-source Android-based kernel code for its Glass project. The Linux code was released on April 27 on the Google Glass kernel source Web page for now, but another Website will likely be established for the code, according to the post. "Currently there is a tarball [Linux distribution package] of the kernel source in downloads," wrote the administrator of the page. "This is unlikely to be the permanent home for the kernel source, it should be pushed into git [version control system] next to all other android kernel source releases relatively soon, at which point, I'll update this notice." Interested developers can download the code from the site. By April 29, the file was downloaded more than 6,985 times.
The release of the open source code will certainly inspire lots of innovative uses for Glass, which so far doesn't have a lot of apps that are available. In March, the first few third-party apps were demonstrated at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, where Google showed potential users some examples of what they can actually do with the innovative, eyewear-mounted computer that is Glass. Among the apps unveiled at the conference were a news app that delivered headlines and photos from The New York Times, an email app and a note-creation app for Evernote.