Now Google Glass Knows Where You Live
Google Glass continues to expand its head-mounted toolbox: The wearable computer now has stronger ties to both Google Calendar and Maps, letting you navigate to your home or workplace with just a few spoken commands. Google has also updated the FAQ for the device, saying it won’t deactivate Glass if you sell it.
The XE11 software update, announced on Google+ and automatically pushed to Glass Explorers, connects Glass to your Google Calendar better than before, allowing the wearer to use easy voice commands to see impending appointments. To see your calendar, just say “OK Glass, Google” then a calendar-specific command like “my agenda” or “what am I doing this week?” The only catch is you have to have private search enabled on your Google account.
Google also improved how Maps work with Glass, letting users get directions to Home or Work as long as the user has specified those addresses. The next time you want to get home, just speak the normal “Directions” command and then say “Home.” This is great, although we’d still love to see Google introduce better in-car integration.
XE11 includes a usability tweak as well: Now a long press on the touchpad will no longer activate Google search. It turned out users were activating the feature by accident too often.
Not a big change, but it shows that Google is continuing to perfect the user experience of Glass before commercial launch, expected early next year.
If you’re pairing Glass with an Android phone, you get an extra bonus: You can now start a screencast right from your notifications window without having to launch the app.
Finally, Google has updated its FAQ for Glass, first reported by Android Police. Google’s terms of service for the device says it’s forbidden to sell the Explorer Edition of Glass to someone else, but it also says it won’t “brick” the device if you do. A few desperate developers might be breathing easier now.
Original article from mashable.com, written by Pete Pachal.