For a device that hasn’t even been released to the public yet, Google Glass makes huge waves whenever the company releases any tidbit of news about it. First, Google announced seven new apps for the high-tech glasses in May, including news posts from CNN and fashion posts from Elle magazine. Google also added apps for several popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. In addition, there will be an app for Evernote that will push reminders into the user’s view from the organisation software. These new additions will increase the number of apps by a factor of four; before Google’s additions, users only had access to two apps on Google Glass, one that enabled them to read The New York Times and another called Path.
As Google hopes to attract more app developers, it has put out several tips for anyone hoping to get into the Glassware game. Due to the design of Glass, Google says that apps should have a small but workable interface that’s easy to use on the go. The CNN app, for instance, allows users to customise their information by setting alerts for certain types of news while filtering out other categories. They can also decide whether they want to read articles or watch short news clips.
The Elle app is also designed to give Glass users a full magazine experience, albeit in short snippets. Users can create a reading list of articles that they would like to save, browse photos using the popular ‘swipe’ feature and filter the magazine by sections.
But even as Glass stands to become more robust with an increasing range of apps, users can rest assured that they won’t be taken for granted; Google doesn’t allow space for advertising in its apps and puts a limit on how much user data can be gleaned from them for now.
And technology nerds eagerly awaiting the release of Google Glass need not fret over a lack of web applications. Google being Google, they have also equipped Glass with standard services like Google Maps and Google search.
Perhaps even more exciting than the news of new apps are the rumours about a collective marketplace where Google Glass users will be able to download those apps. Tentatively called the ‘Boutique’, the app store will be a one-stop shop for “Glassware”, as Google is now calling apps for the device.
So what’s next for Google Glass? It seems the company is still working to perfect its device before offering it to the public. In fact, along with its massive app release, Google also updated several features for Google Glass. The most praiseworthy development is a device lock that allows users to protect their data.
At the end of the day, however, Glass still isn’t available to the public just yet. Google has cited a 2014 release date. Until then, we’ll just have to trust the favoured few tech insiders who have gotten a glimpse of how we’ll see communication and the web integrated into the glasses of the future.