Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Google Glass Explorer Edition ROM build updated to XE5

As you might expect, the software on the Google Glass Explorer Edition isn't static. After all, the device is still beta. On Tuesday, devices began receiving a software update to build XE5, which adds enhancements, features -- and bug fixes, naturally.

Among the most notable changes is the introduction of incoming Google+ notifications (did you really expect Google to take a long time to add this?). Users will see notifications of direct shares, comments and mentions, as well as be able to comment and +1 other users' posts. Incoming notifications of Google+ Hangouts are also available.

In addition, the update restricts background uploads. These will now only be triggered when the device is both plugged in to a charger and on wi-fi. That change will conserve power. Users sayd that battery life on the first-generation device leaves a lot to be desired, averaging about three to three-and-a-half hours.

Even those who criticize their smartphones have to blanch at that figure.

The changelist for XE5, according to Google Glass support, is:
  • Change to sync policy: require power + wifi for background uploads
  • Crash reporting
  • Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
  • Incoming Hangout notifications
  • Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
  • Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
  • International number dialing + SMS
  • Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
  • New On-Head Detection calibration flow
  • Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
  • More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
  • New recipient-list mosaic

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