Google Glass isn’t for only Android users anymore, partly in terms of messaging and calendar features.
The Mountain View Company has some goodies for non-Android users such as iPhone SMS support and Calendar Glassware features due to popular demand. These updates will be rolled out in the next few days.
So, what’s in store for iOS users? Google says users could receive texts from senders on the Google Glass. However, due to “some limitations with iOS,” recipients can’t reply from Glass. “Get started by going to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass,” says Google. A new text message will appear as a notification, which users can read in the eye-level display.
On the flipside, the calendar glassware display the events, which users can set up. “You’ll see a new Calendar Glassware. Turn it on to see your agenda to the left of the home screen,” says Google. “Tap a calendar card from your timeline and you can change the title, time, location, and RSVP as well as delete the event or dismiss it from your timeline.”
It’s quite surprising for Google to open the Android ecosystem to its competitor. While the Glass remains a work in progress, this move may also indicate that this is a part of their quest to test this prototype product to see what works, what to improve and what doesn’t work.
The wearable was launched to developers last year February and to the US consumers just last week for one-day sale tagged at $1,500. While the company declined to give information on how many devices were sold, the 24-hour “Explorer Edition” offer was a sellout.
However, Google is exploring other ways of innovation—from Glass to custom modular smartphones, to drone technology. Aside from the iOS support and 24-hour sale, reports of Project Ara and Tango plus the recent acquisition of the drone company shows the ambitious goals of the search engine giant to expand its ecosystem of emerging technologies.
The Project Ara is an open-hardware platform that was introduced by Motorola to build modular smartphones, allowing you to upgrade the display and other features by shopping items from different sellers. On the other hand, the Project Tango concept according to Google “is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.” The acquisition of Titan Aerospace is just one step to see how these atmospheric satellites can power up the Internet and more.
Do you think Google will outpace Apple in the next few years when it comes to emerging technology? Or is the latter quietly working on something beyond what Glass can offer?