To compensate some Google Glass Explorers who recently were kept out of the online Glass accessory store due to a glitch, Google is offering to sell them a second Glass device to use themselves or share with a friend. And in other news sure to be welcomed by Glass users, the Google Play Music app for Glass is now available to Glass Explorers.
The option to purchase a second Glass device was revealed in a Dec. 2 post by The Glass Almanac, which detailed an email received from Google after the Glass store problems cropped up. The technical problem has since been fixed.
"Hi there. As you might have discovered, some Explorers who purchased Glass over the phone weren't able to access our store," the email stated, according to the report. "You weren't missing anything before but we have goodies in there now, so here's a code that you can use to get started."
A purchase code was provided so the email recipient could access the store where the earbuds were being offered for $85. "We're so grateful that you've been with us since the beginning," the email continued. "So, in addition to the new earbuds that you'll find in our store, we'd also like to give you the option to purchase a second Glass for yourself or for a friend, as many of you have requested."
The Google Play Music news was reported in a Dec. 2 post by Android Headlines, which stated that the new app is now available in the MyGlass applications site that's available to Glass users. Previously, Google Play Music was only available to Glass users if they followed a slightly intimidating install procedure using and APK file and a command-line installation using the Android Debug Bridge tool, according to the report. "Although the process is not overly complicated, it is not something that the average user normally wants to deal with," said Android Headlines.
The addition of the Google Play Music app for Glass now makes its installation easy, with no more requirements for special install routines. "The MyGlass webpage turns this into a one-click install that pushes the required files to Glass over the air," the story states. "No cables or command line knowledge is needed."
Glass users who had installed the earlier version of the Google Play Music service must remove it before installing the new app, the story reported.
Google Play Music will allow users to listen to the music tracks in their Google Play Music accounts, as well as access new music if they pay a $9.99 monthly fee.
Google had announced on Nov. 12 that users would soon be able to access their music through the Google Play Music app very soon. A new voice command, "Okay Glass, listen to," allows users to access their stored music.