News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 15, 2014.
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Though Google normally updates its Glass software every month, the wearable computer went several weeks without new software until Google today announced plans to release an upgrade later this week. And while users wait on that update, anyone in the U.S. interested in Glass can purchase one today.
Google announced last week that it would temporarily open the Glass Explorer program to anyone in the U.S. willing to pay $1,500. Today only, people who go to glass.google.com can join the program without having to enter any contests or wait on referrals. Buyers can get a free attachment to shades or frame but prescription lenses are sold separately.
Current Glass Explorers will see an update that will unfortunately remove video calls because they "aren't living up to [Google's] standards" and fewer than 10 percent of people use it. Google is removing it until it feels it can do a better job of reintroducing the feature and it admits that the company has no clue if or when the feature will return. Otherwise, Explorers can look forward to the following new features this week:
KitKat for Glass will upgrade the firmware to Android 4.4 and increase battery life, improve stability, get faster updates, and enable developers to use KitKat-specific features in their Glassware.
Photo bundles will organize photos and videos from one day into groups to make them easier to scroll through.
Photo replies in Hangouts will let users respond with a photo by tapping Reply and then taking a picture.
Voice Commands are now sorted by recency and frequency, so the commands user most often will appear in the touch menu.source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.