Google Glass Gets New Features and Apps, Just in Time for Google I/O
Glass now gets 2GB of RAM, more Google Now cards and a slew of newly available apps that will run on Glass devices. The news comes just as the Google I/O 2014 developers conference gets under way.New Google Glass units will include a solid performance upgrade as they are bumped up to 2GB of internal RAM, doubling the previous 1GB of RAM that has been built into Glass since their beta debut in April 2013. The RAM upgrade is one of several improvements for Glass that were unveiled in a June 24 post on the Google Glass Google+ page, just as the hotly awaited Google I/O 2014 developers conference gets under way today in San Francisco. Another key update is a new Glass "viewfinder," which will help users frame their photos more easily when using Glass, according to the post. "When you say 'ok glass, show the viewfinder' you'll see white L's in the four corners of your Glass screen. You can then either take a photo by saying 'ok glass, take a picture,' with a wink, or by pushing the camera button." Also featured in new versions of Glass is the addition of several fresh Google Now cards, which will provide information on where users parked their car, plus alerts for when packages are heading their way after placing orders with businesses, according to the post. Google Now, which was introduced for Android devices by Google in June 2012, presents its information through a series of flip-through "cards" that are visible on the screen of a device, providing a different piece of information on each card. The "cards" appear at the moment they are needed by users, such as the train schedule card appearing when a user is heading to the local train station.
Users of Google Now set their own preferences for what information cards appear on their mobile devices. A wide variety of cards are available for Android users to receive instant updates about public transportation, flight information, traffic reports, sports scores, appointments, weather, hotels, events, restaurant reservations and more.