Google gives Glass some extra shine with hardware and software upgrades

Earlier this week, Google announced that it was making Glass available in the United Kingdom, marking the first official launch of its wearable device outside of the United States. Coinciding with its UK launch, the company has also revealed that it has made some hardware and software improvements to the device.

The biggest improvement comes in the form of a big increase in RAM, doubling from 1GB to 2GB, which Google hopes will answer some criticisms about the device’s performance. As The Verge reports, Glass product manager Steve Lee said that the extra RAM “will allow for more Glassware [apps] to run in parallel and for each Glassware to start more quickly. You’ll notice the device generally feels a bit faster and more reliable.”

The upgraded hardware will be shipping to everyone who buys Glass now, including those in the UK, who will have to pay £1000 for it. However, existing owners on the Glass Explorer program will not be able to upgrade their devices, nor will they be able to swap theirs for the new and improved model.

But enhancements on the software front may at least give owners of the previous Glass model something to be happy about. The company has added new Google Now cards to the experience – for package delivery notifications and a reminder where you parked your car – along with a new viewfinder for taking photos, which has apparently been a common request among Glass owners.

A larger battery has also been shipping in Glass models since March, according to Lee, and combined with further software enhancements – including some in this latest update – Google claims that Glass can now go 15 percent longer between charges. 

Source: +GoogleGlass / The Verge | Images via Google

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All of the negative comments about Google Glass disappoint me. Especially from a future technology site such as Neowin.

Yes Glass is expensive but why does that matter to you if you are not going to get it? People said the mobile phone was pointless and expensive when it first came out costing thousands of dollars with awful call quality and coverage.

This isn't even a 1.0 product yet and people are slating it for being too expensive, too slow, no point, useless.

Yet at the same time people dream of a future with amazing gadgets like we see in movies. Well this is the first step towards these kind of integrated systems. The same is true of all wearable tech such as smart watches. I wonder if in 20 years time people will see a smart watch or glasses (or contact lenses) like we view a mobile phone today. An obvious piece of technology that everybody has.

Totally agree. Personally not going to get this BUT it's an amazing bit of technology, very forward thinking. But people have to p*** on the parade of any company they've for some reason decided they don't like.

Welcome to Neowin. It appears that unless it's Microsoft-positive, it'll get bashed...
It's a shame it's come to this because there are some amazing techs coming out from most of the leading companies.

I think a lot of the flak comes from the way it looks and the amount it costs. If it gets to a point where they look almost entirely like regular glasses and are cheaper, then that'll be interesting!

I wouldn't get them myself (unless I needed prescription glasses at the time) but I enjoy reading developments about it.

Raa said,
Welcome to Neowin. It appears that unless it's Microsoft-positive, it'll get bashed....

That's BS and you only have to browse the the rest of the site to see that Enron is spot on with his comment. If anything, MS gets bashed one of the hardest.

Skittlebrau said,
If it gets to a point where they look almost entirely like regular glasses and are cheaper

That pretty much sums it up for me. I want a far more subtle way to make use of Glass. I don't want a big sci-fi style lump of machinery poking out of the sort of glasses i wouldn't look twice at in Specsavers.

I also already wear prescription glasses for work but choose not to wear them outside work because i've always found glasses to be cumbersome and i do have a habit of dropping them everywhere.

Going to sound like a strange sentence but remove the glass from Google glass and we'll talk.

MikeChipshop said,

MS gets bashed one of the hardest.

I'll remind you of that in the next Google or Apple news article.

Raa said,

I'll remind you of that in the next Google or Apple news article.

At no point did i say that Google or Apple don't get bashed. Please don't try to put words in my mouth.

Edit: Wow, my typing is bad today!

Raa said,
At no point did I put words in your mouth, either literally or figuratively, whether express or implied.

You implied it. Which is good enough.

Raa said,
No, I did not.
If you think that's good enough, you might need to relax a little more mate.

OK whatever whatever. The internet can sometimes be hard to gauge the way in which people are saying things.

Did you miss the part where it said "The upgraded hardware will be shipping to everyone who buys Glass now, including those in the UK..."

Raa said,
Did you miss the part where it said "The upgraded hardware will be shipping to everyone who buys Glass now, including those in the UK..."

Did you miss the part where he said he was sorry for those who bought last week and not now? :p

I think everyone missed the part where Google only made Glass available in the UK 48 hours ago, and not last week! :D

gcaw said,
I think everyone missed the part where Google only made Glass available in the UK 48 hours ago, and not last week! :D

Exactly. Those ordering in the UK will get the new model. They are not selling the old hardware anymore.

Pays to read.

just like apple.. initial product 3000 dollars.. then next product in 6 months/1 year- usual improvements (should have been from the get-go) 3000 dollars... and never ending

This is a development device, not even comparable to apple, this device will be way cheaper when it's finished the development period and starts mass production for consumers. This device is not meant for normal consumers but for developers(and people who just want it quickly). You're also not allowed to resell it since it's a development device and not a consumer device.

UnclePritchard said,
just like apple.. initial product 3000 dollars.. then next product in 6 months/1 year- usual improvements (should have been from the get-go) 3000 dollars... and never ending

$3000 and Google paid $80 to make it

:rotf:

EZRecovery said,

$3000 and Google paid $80 to make it

:rotf:

and how many millions (billions?) in R&D? It's not all about the specific cost of the parts that go in to a product.