Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MyGlass app and setup website now live for Google Glass smart eyewear

Google released version 1.0.0 of its MyGlass companion app for Google Glass on Monday. At the same time the company released the Glass APIs, specs for the device, and a web-based Glass setup wizard.

The MyGlass companion app uses Google Now's signature "Card UI." Although the app can be found in the Play Store, where anyone can download it, but as Google reminds us:
If you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that.
A slightly snarky addendum to the description adds:
But if you swipe the screenshots to the right, you'll see there's a picture of a puppy in pajamas (above). So not a total waste of time after all.
There will be a limited number of early release Google Glass Explorer Edition smartglasses going out soon. Some will be seeded to developers, likely at Google I/O, about 8,000 other devices will be sent to those who "won" a recently held promotion.

It is unclear if Google plans to release a similar companion app for other platforms, say Windows Phone and iOS, in the future. Google Glass will work with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, but will only support GPS and text messaging if MyGlass is installed on a companion device.

The Glass setup website will, as you might expect, connect your Glass unit to your Google account. The interface is laid out horizontally, which is fairly consistent with the app. The site guides users through the process of setting up their Glass unit in a simple and easy-to-understand way.

Notably, launching the MyGlass app for the first time also takes users through the same setup process for the smart eyewear.

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