Google Glass XE12 update hits on YouTube, Hangouts and Winks

December 17, 2013
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Google has released the latest update for Glass. This time around the update has landed as XE12, which includes a bit about the iOS companion app. We saw the MyGlass app arrive in the iOS App Store earlier in the day, and it seems this XE12 update is officially paving the way. But as we saw the app arrive, only to be quickly pulled, we now know that Google is planning to release that app sometime "later this week."

Aside from the iOS MyGlass app, the XE12 update includes a bit about Hangouts, YouTube, Winking and more. The Hangouts bit carries a bit of the expected functionality over to your wearable. Once activated, Glass users will be able to send and receive text chats as well as images and video calls. And to clarify, this will let you initiate a Hangout with any contact that has an account.

Next up is the YouTube Glassware and this means being able to share videos. You will be able to upload videos as public, private or unlisted and once shared, the video will be live on your YouTube account. The Wink functionality is what many have been waiting for -- the ability to quickly capture that special moment with a wink.

Also worth mentioning, some of the speed to capture with a wink, this works even when the display is off. And while the wink functionality sounds fun, there is another catch that will keep some from gaining access. Google has said this will be available on a device that was purchased or swapped after October 28th.

Some of the other options included with the XE12 update are as follows; Play Music Touch Menu, the removal of the "Sent Through Glass" tag on SMS messages and the ability to protect your Glass with a screen lock. Along with retiring the 'through Glass' tag on SMS messages, Google also ditched the Guest Mode option. Still, there is an option to have others check out your Glass without revealing your personal data with a demo Google Account.

All that having been said, the full changelog is available using the source link sitting below.

SOURCE: Google


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