November 21, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Up until very recently, applications designed for Google Glass faced several key limitations when using the RESTful cloud-based Mirror API. Chief among them, was the requirement for Internet connectivity. Well, Google intends to change this with various new APIs introduced with the Google Glass Development Kit, or GDK for short. These allow offline apps that have real time user responsiveness, apps that work without network access, and apps that can make use of deeper access to hardware features.
The GDK serves as an add-on to the Android SDK that allows you to create applications designed for Google Glass (dubbed Glassware). The GDK can be installed in preview form, directly from the Android SDK install manager. As such, building Glassware involves much of the same procedures as building a standard Android application. However, applications built using the GDK add-on will have access to voice, can create persistent cards, and can detect gestures.
Alongside the GDK preview release, Google also showed off five new apps (Strava, Allthecooks Recipes, Word Lens, GLU, and GolfSight) that make use of the new features in the GDK. These are featured on the MyGlass page.
More information on the GDK can also be found in the GDK Sneak Peek presentation below:
November 15, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4 KitKat factory images and driver binaries are now available for the Nexus 4, 7, and 10! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that CyanogenMod installer is now available in the Play Store and signups for Google Glass is open. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for App Settings, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler showed us how to build a one button keyboard, and TK gave us an Android App Review of 8Sms. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for your chance to get your hands on Google Glass, your time may be near. Google recently launched a new public webpage that allows users to request an invite to purchase Google Glass.
Unfortunately, however, there are a fair number of hurdles. First, the Glass Explorer interest form is not available for everyone. Currently, only US residents are allowed to sign up. Second, there is no explicit timetable given, other than the statement that registrants should expect to find an “email in the next few weeks with more details.” Finally, there is no mention of pricing, though it’s reasonable to assume that these Explorer units will set back users the same $1500 USD as the previous batches.
Despite the issues, this new signup page will undoubtedly be of interest for US residents looking to get into the Google Glass action. To get started, visit the signup page, where you can secure your place in line. After you’ve registered, make sure to visit our Google Glass forum to get in on the discussion.
Alongside the interest form, Google also announced their intent to bring Google Play music (including All Access) to the device. They are also releasing stereo earbuds designed to match the hardware.
Are you going to sign up to become a Glass explorer? What would you be willing to pay to become a Glasshole? Let us know in the comments below.
Want to write an app for Google Glass? If you think you’ve got to wait for the wearable computer to ship you’re wrong. You can start right now because Google just released the Mirror API used to develop Google Glass software.
If you can’t wait to get your code on, they’ve got you covered with two quick start options: one using Java and the other using Python. This begins by wading into the Google services settings interface to enable the API and set up a secret key for yourself. I would describe what the finished demo looks like but their link has been giving me a 500 server error, which I would assume is because most XDA members are already hammering away trying to load the page.
Getting your app in before anyone else has a chance will all but ensure universal adoption by all new Glass users, right? Obviously popularity is all about the usefulness of the application. My plan is to make my way through the API overview page which includes four quick videos describing the mains points of the development system: timelines, menus, subscriptions, contacts, and locations. More details of each can be found in the Developer Guide section (here’s the link for Timelines) which includes code examples with convenient tabs to switch between HTTP, Java, or Python syntax. Have fun!
February 21, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we brought you live coverage of HTC’s launch event for the HTC One. We also gave you a preliminary glimpse of how well it performs by putting it through a few standard benchmarks. The device features a powerful quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064T), 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 4.7″ 1080p Super LCD 3 display with 468 ppi, a 4 MP “Ultrapixel” camera with an f/2 lens and large pixels, and a 2300 mAh battery. All this is housed in a sleek, 9.3 mm all-aluminum enclosure that feels thin due to its tapered edges and sub-4 mm minimum thickness. Now, we’ve given it a place in our forums. All that’s left is for the device and kernel source to be released, an unlock method, and for developers to get their hands on the device.
In addition to the HTC One, we’ve also created a forum for Google Glass. While not a smartphone or tablet my any stretch of the imagination, Glass presents a very interesting prospect of a wearable computing device that aids you in your day-to-day activities. And what better way to aid in its development than to give our developers space to share ideas and concepts?
Next, we have a forum for the HTC Butterfly. A cousin to the Droid DNA, the device features similar specifications with its 5″ 1080p Super LCD 3 panel and quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The device features 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera and an f/2 lens for better low light capabilities.
Rounding out the list, we also have forums for the Ouya gaming console and for the latest trend in (affordable) wearable computing: smart watches. Which are you most excited about? Let us know, and feel free to visit the forums listed below!