Google Glass Development Kit to Give Devs More Design Capabilities
Google offered a sneak peek at its Glass Development Kit (GDK), which will give Glass developers more control in their designs.The Google Glass project has unveiled an upcoming new Glass Development Kit, which will allow developers to gain even broader control and innovation in their next designs and features for Google Glass apps. A "sneak peek" of the new GDK was announced Nov. 19 at a Google Hackathon for developers, according to a Google+ post by Timothy Jordan, a senior developer advocate at Google. "Developers have started building great Glassware with the Mirror API and today will have even broader access to Glass with a Sneak Peek of the Glass Development Kit," he wrote. Jordan's post also includes a YouTube video of his presentation, which laid out many of the new capabilities that the GDK will offer to Glass developers. The APIs for the upcoming new GDK aren't yet finalized, according to Google, but developers can read about what's coming in the pipeline at the Google Developers Website. The GDK is an add-on to the Android Software Developers Kit that lets developers build Glass apps, called Glassware, that run directly on Glass. Unlike the Mirror API, Glassware built with the GDK runs on Glass itself, allowing access to low-level hardware features, according to Google. "The full GDK Developer Preview will be available in the coming weeks," wrote Jordan. "We can't wait to start working on this next chapter of Glass Development with you."
In a related Google+ post, Google revealed that five additional useful and innovative Glass apps are now available for use by Glass Explorer users. The new apps were built using the new GDK, according to Google.