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Samantha · Dec 19, 2014

Google Glass-like Clip-On For Regular Glasses Developed by Sony

For the price of $2,000, a pair of glasses that can run apps, take pictures, and function a mini-computer should at least come with a nice designer frame--maybe something Ray-Ban, Gucci, or Persol. But, no. Forking over that amount of money for Google Glass gets you a cyborg headpiece that can do what your phone does. Sure, you can pay extra money for a limited selection of alternate frames, but wouldn't it be nice if you could keep your own...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 18, 2014

Improve the Hardware Speaker on Google Glass

Google Glass is one of those ridiculously expensive toys that every practically grown-up gadget lover wants pretty badly. Glass is like gadget enthusiast jewelry that has to be worn to Android-related event. But for all of its positives, there are some problems inherent to its implementation. People with larger heads might have a problem with Google Glass's audio quality. Due to a poorly positioned speaker, this can then lead to loads of frustration. Our favorite hardware hacker, XDA Recognized Developer...

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jordankeyes · Nov 1, 2014

Device Review: Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses

Over the last few years, the world of wearables has truly gone from fantasy to reality. With the advent of devices like Google Glass, Android Wear, and the bevy of available fitness trackers, the mainstream is becoming more aware and interested in wearables. Epson took note of this trend as far back as 2011, when they released the Moverio BT-100 smart glasses, but unfortunately, it wasn’t a hit. In many ways you might say it was before its time. Well...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 22, 2014

Droid X Receives KitKat Port, Upcoming Google Glass Firmware Improvements – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.3 lands on the European HTC One M7! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of a Google Glass firmware update and be sure the check out the article talking about XDA members porting KitKat to the Motorola Droid X! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 20, 2014

Google Glass XE20.1 Update Brings Improved Contacts, Head Nudge, New Cards and Commands

Ever since Google unveiled Android Wear earlier this year, the first Android Wear-powered smartwatches have been practically all that people are talking about when it comes to wearables. Android Wear, however, is obviously not Google's first stab at the wearables market. Launched last year in limited release form, Google Glass has taken somewhat of a backseat in the public's eye. Luckily, this doesn't mean that Google's slowing down in bringing innovative and new features to the platform. Earlier today, Google announced...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 15, 2014

Google Nexus 5 Updated to 4.4.4_R2 in NZ, AUS, India; Glass Gets XE19.1

Earlier today, Google issued updates to two current generation reference devices, the Google Nexus 5 and Google Glass. The former received an incredibly minor update to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q), while the latter was shown to a rather significant update XE19.1 (up from last month's rather significant XE 18.3 update). First up, we have the Nexus 5 update. Today's update takes users from Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q). However, this build isn't making its way out to all devices. Rather,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 10, 2014

[OTA, Factory Images] Google Glass XE18.1 to Bring Glass to Smartphone Photo Sharing, New Cards

Just one week ago, Google Glass was given a substantial update to firmware XE17.3. For those who don't remember, this update brought an experimental "Notification Glance" feature, which made it significantly more convenient to access incoming notifications when the screen is off. Now, more goodies have arrived for Google Glass explorers, thanks to the upcoming XE18.1 firmware. Earlier today, the Google Glass team announced that an upcoming Google Glass update (XE18.1) would bring improved photo sharing capabilities and a few new cards. For starters, this...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

Unreleased Google Glass XE17.3 Factory Image, OTA, and Pre-Rooted Boot Image Now Available

Two weeks ago today, Google Glass users were greeted with a bugfix update to XE17.2 that brought much better low power handling when extremely low on juice. This followed up on the XE17.1 update, which brought much better integration with Google Maps on Android, so long as the recently updated MyGlass 3.0.0 app was used. Now, another Glass update has been discovered in our forums. Today's update comes in at firmware version XE17.3. And despite the lack of release notes or a formal announcement, it has been captured and...

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Will Verduzco · May 20, 2014

Google Glass XE17.2 Factory Image and Rooted Boot Image Now Available

We recently talked about the Google Glass XE17.1 update. For those in need of a little refresher, XE17.1 brought quite a few goodies such as the ability to share places from Google Maps on Android directly with Google Glass using the MyGlass 3.0.0 app. Now just five days later, Glass has been updated yet again---this time, to XE17.2. Google first announced XE17.2 earlier today, citing that this release would bring various bug fixes. This includes better low power handling when extremely low on juice. In...

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Jimmy McGee · May 16, 2014

Nexus 6 and 8 Names in Chromium Code Review, XDA:Devcon 14 in the United Kingdom, Google Glass US Sales Open! – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for the Droid Razr HD and Razr M has been released! 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 Google Glass is now available to the public  and that KitKat finally arrives on the Verizon Galaxy Note 3! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer...

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Will Verduzco · May 15, 2014

Google Glass XE17.1 OTA Captured, Updated Factory Image and Rooted Boot Image Now Available

Two days ago and coinciding with Google Glass's public release, Google shed some light on the upcoming XE17.1 firmware. This update follows up on last week’s XE17 bugfix release, while bringing a few new features to make upgrading worth your while. For those in need of a quick refresher, XE17.1 brings back the ability to share places from Google Maps on Android directly with Google Glass. This place sharing functionality requires Android MyGlass 3.0.0, which was made available earlier this morning. Naturally given the newly restored places...

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Will Verduzco · May 13, 2014

Google Opens Glass Purchases to All in the US, Unveils XE17.1 Firmware

You may recall that a few weeks back, Google erroneously made Google Glass purchases open to the public for a few hours. This particular order page wasn't exactly intended to be opened to the general public at the time. Rather, it "was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline" from the previous single day sale held a week and a half earlier. But now, potential explorers living in the US who were on the fence before can now get their...

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Will Verduzco · May 6, 2014

Google Glass XE17 Firmware Trickling out to Glass Explorers

A little under a month ago, Google Glass received a rather healthy update to firmware version revision XE16. For those who don't recall, XE16 brought all the latest KitKat goods, as well as several new features such as Photo Bundles, photos in hangouts, voice commands sorting, and more. A little while later, the factory images for this update were released, and a pre-rooted bootloader was made available. Now, XE17 has just been released, and it's trickling out current Glass explorers. Unlike the previous XE16...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 25, 2014

Droid DNA Gets KitKat, Google Accidentally Sells More Glass? BBQLinux Android Dev Guide Available – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for the Verizon Droid DNA is being rolled out! 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 HTC has updated its software release pages with Sense 6 upgrade info for older devices, as well as the guide showing you how to get started with BBQLinux! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 24, 2014

Google Glass Now Open to Anyone… with $1500 to Spend (Update: Not Anymore)

Google Glass, which recently received its official update to KitKat (as well as a maintenance update to XE16.11), is the company's first attempt at wearable computing. Although it has been available to developers and early adopters for a little over a year now, many would-be purchasers have been unable to get their hands on Glass. This changes today, however, as Google has opened up Google Glass Explorer Edition to everyone... well everyone with a spare $1500 USD to spend, that is. You may...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 18, 2014

Google Glass gets KitKat and Rooted Bootloader, Android 4.4.3 KitKat for Google Nexus 5 Soon – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for Google Glass has been rolled out! 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 Android 4.4.3 is being rolled out to the Google Nexus 5 (sort of) and that HTC Sense 6 has been ported to the Nexus 5! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 17, 2014

Google Glass XE16 Update Factory Image and Rooted Boot Image Now Available

You may recall that early yesterday, we talked about the XE16 update to Google Glass, which finally brought Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the tech world's most controversial piece of wearable computing. For those who don't remember, XE16 brought several new additions such as Photo Bundles, Photos in Hangouts, and Voice Command Sorting. At the time that the update first rolled out, we noted that although direct OTA links were available for your updating pleasure, there were no factory restore images...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 16, 2014

[OTA Captured] Google Glass XE16 Update Brings KitKat, Photo Bundles, Photos in Hangouts, Voice Commands Sorting, and More

Earlier today, for one day only, Google opened up Glass Explorer Edition purchases to interested parties living in the US. Of course, you still have to plunk down $1500 in order to get your hands on this sleek piece of beta wearable tech. But for those looking to be on the bleeding edge, the investment is well worth it. Back in December, Google Glass was updated to firmware version XE12. This brought many new features such as wink pics, Hangouts and YouTube Glassware,...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 16, 2014

Google X Announces Smart Contact Lenses, FDA Approval Pending

OK, so it finally happened. Google wants to take wearable tech to the next level with a set of smart contact lenses. Now keep your pants on for a second---this has nothing to do with their first foray into wearable tech, Google Glass. Rather, they are now testing a "smart contact lens" that allows users to more easily keep track of their glucose levels when managing diabeetus. These new glasses work by embedding a tiny wireless transmitter and a miniature glucose...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 6, 2014

Epson Moverio BT-200 Takes on Google Glass with Head-Motion Tracking, Camera, Stereoscopic qHD Display

In late 2011, Epson released the Moverio BT-100 Wearable Display. While the device was quite an innovation at the time, it was just a bit too rough around the edges to gain any appreciable amount of popularity. Then, Google Glass happened. And with it, wearable computing was thrust directly into the limelight. Now, Epson has announced the successor to its two-year-old Moverio BT-100, the oh-so-creatively titled Moverio BT-200. Given its pricing and featureset, it seems to have one clear target: Google...

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