Ever since Google’s live demonstration of Google Glass back at their 2012 I/O conference, the exciting reality of wearable technology became apparent to everybody who loves gadgets and technology.
Google Glass is still in a phase of evolving, offering a limited, yet exciting amount of features which are completely and utterly unique in terms of delivery. Upon its release, we’re all expecting Google Glass to deliver far more than what is currently on the menu, and with a late 2013 or early 2014 release date, there is plenty of time for announcements to be made.
Despite Google I/O 2013 shedding some more light on Google Glass, nobody really knows what to expect in terms of wider third-party Google Glass apps. So, what exactly is on offer so far?
Third party Google Glass apps
Originally, Google Glass was revealed with only a handful of Google built applications and services, including things like Google Hangouts, maps, weather, a camera and so forth. Until quite recently, there was no word on third party Google Glass apps, despite the fact that such announcements were inevitable.
Below are the confirmed third-party Google Glass apps which will be making an appearance on the most exciting wearable technology the public has ever seen. There may not be too many to choose from, but they certainly pave the way for more applications to test the waters of Google Glass.
With over 1.1 billion users, Facebook is the biggest social networking platform on earth. And now, it’s on Google Glass.
Facebook on Glass is essentially a standard photo sharing tool, giving users the chance to immediately post pictures to their timeline, along with captions, descriptions and locations via voice input. The pictures posted on Facebook can be deleted immediately if added by accident, and also shared privately, with close friends or with the general public. At this time, it is unknown whether users will be able to access their feed or take part in chat or messaging via Glass.
Google Glass will be all about sharing whilst on the go, and Twitter is by far the best application for doing just that.
The Google Glass Twitter app provides your personal Twitter feed, along with all the usual posting capabilities and the power to snap photos from Glass and post them direct to your stream. Demonstrations showed that Google Glass will automatically add “just shared a photo #throughglass” to the tweet, but that text can be removed before posting.
A great feature of the DM capabilities on Twitter for Google Glass is how the messages add to a thread that becomes a bundle on Glass. Additionally, you’ll need to specify who on from amongst your followers you will want to receive notifications from, to avoid a barrage of alerts.
Much like Twitter, Tumblr’s quick photo sharing functions will work like a charm with the Google Glass interface, which is built for speed and simplicity – much like Tumblr’s user interface.
Tumblr on Google Glass allows you to receive updates from your Tumblr dashboard, as well as allowing you to adjust the frequency with which you receive such notifications, if at all. It also lets you post, edit and delete all kinds of content, including text, images and video.
The CNN Google Glass app is pretty much what you would expect it to be. The app sends news related video to Glass via updates, and streams news to a feed which can be freely browsed by users.
Also, users will receive alerts when there’s breaking news in a category that they want to follow, and those alerts can be customized to show up at specific times of day, or not at all. They show up as text but can also be read aloud using the Mirror API.
Elle is an easy, simplified way to browse through the latest news updates in categories such as fashion, celebrities and fashion. Elle’s short and sweet headlines are a perfect fit for Google Glass.
Users will be shown news snippets in the form of headlines to make it easy to browse through at a glance, and you can also add things to reading lists, or have articles read aloud via the Mirror API. Elle on Glass will be a good way to funnel users to the main website later, or as a means of providing them with info about what articles are proving most interesting to other Elle users.
The popular cloud based scrap-book and task manager offers users the chance to snap photos, make notes and create categorized lists and documents for sharing or archiving.
Evernote on Glass holds true to its note-taking roots, giving users the ability to have their notes shared to Glass from the web or mobile apps via he cloud. Voice dictated content is translated to simple text by the Glass service and displayed as simple short paginated messages.
For now, the six third party Google Glass apps listed above are all that have been revealed. Between now and the release of the eagerly awaited piece of kit, we may well see waves more of third part social networks, news websites and possibly even popular games, become part of the Google Glass movement.
However, despite the exciting possibilities surrounding Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and others on Google Glass, it has to be said that these third-party apps are just not enough to quench the thirst of most consumers. There is plenty of time for more third parties to jump on the bandwagon, and for the sake of Google Glass and it’s heft price tag, I sincerely hope that they do.