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!