With the KitKat software available for a number of devices, new reports now claim that Google Glass will also get the latest Android update.
Google Glass received the XE12 update last December, which introduces new glassware for Hangouts and enables wink gestures. Since then the Glass Explorers have been eagerly waiting for the release of XE14, which was expected in February.
Glass Guide, Teresa Zazenski, in a posting to the Glass Community forum, announced that the XE14 update has not been released. There is not much information as to why the update is not out yet with a note, "and what we had planned for February just isn't ready for primetime yet."
Besides, Teresa mentioned that the team is working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich to Android KitKat. The update is expected to make the Glass experience smoother and better.
The KitKta update for Google Glass is expected to add Project Butter and Project Svelte, lowering the demands on the system and battery life while improving framerates and performance, notes Android Police. It will also integrate Bluetooth Low Energy, OpenGL ES 3.0, better security and a richer API.
Teresa also noted that the Glass team is still committed to regular updates, which will not be monthly anymore. The developers will have to wait for a while until the next update is ready.
There is no information as to when the Android KitKat update will be released for Google Glass.
Meanwhile there is an update for the Glass Explorers. As the Google Glass G+ account states Glass Explorer can now share their pictures and videos with Google+ communities. Below is the note Teresa Zazenski posted to the Glass Community forum.
The February Update
02-28-2014 05:19 PM
OK, before you read any further, make sure you're sitting down. Are you sitting down now? Good.
We know that a lot of you have been patiently waiting for the next release. In fact, your excitement and anticipation for our upcoming releases always pushes us to come up with something that's worth the wait. It needs to be good. And what we had planned for February just isn't ready for primetime yet. So... we've decided to hold off for now.
[Go ahead, feel free to take a moment of silence to honor the fallen updates.]
I know this might be a disappointment to some of you. But it's all part of the Explorer program. We're trying a lot of things. Most of them work out great, and some of them need a little more polish. In this case, we'd rather wait to get it right, than release something that isn't up to snuff.
Now the good news. We're still moving extremely quickly. Since the first Explorers got their Glass less than a year ago, we've already been through eight updates – nine if you count last year's hardware revision. The pace isn't changing and we're still committed to regular updates for Glass – even if they're not monthly anymore, because bigger updates just take more time. In fact, we're working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich to Kit Kat to make the Glass experience smoother and just plain better. This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it's something we're really excited about. Developers, we know you're gonna be excited, too. But it's also something that we don't want to send to you all until it's just right. (We did flip on sharing to Google+ communities, which was originally slated for this month's updates – and something we know you've been waiting for.)
Now off we go to bake a little more awesome into the sauce.