Glass XE16 update

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features.

First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a long install, but things do change noticeably afterward.

We're having a look at what's new and how well it works — here are a few initial things we notice:

  • The update process requires you to be plugged in and takes a good 20 minutes total.
  • New fancy boot animation that starts with the "A" while GL_SS fades in around it.
  • Like previous updates, there were quite a few app crashes and some sluggishness after the update.
  • Multiple pictures are grouped nicely into a collage layout in a single card that make them easier to browse through without clogging up your main timeline.
  • Voice commands are now re-sorted in order of how often you use them — "Google" isn't even the first option.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE is now supported, but we'll have to see how that helps battery life over time.
  • Video Calls are indeed gone from the command list.
  • Volume was set to 100% after the update.

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Reader comments

Glass update XE16 now rolling out


got home and plugged mine in. made dinner and prepped some dough for a loaf of bread and it still says updating. im not sure when the update started though from when i had plugged it in.

After the update, the feature didn't work and when I tried to recalibrate it, the calibration failed everytime. I even rebooted glass after the update and it still didn't work. It's pretty fustrating.

Head detection worked for me after the update, and I re-calibrated just to make sure. No issues here. I'd try a reboot or two and re-calibrate again.

For me, the volume was set to 50% after the upgrade. Also, every app crashed after the first boot and the device became unresponsive after I cleared all the error messages. Seems fine after a hard reboot though.

Mine is still pretty sluggish after the update. Gonna do a factory reset and see if that helps. I also don't have access to my sideloaded apps anymore.