Today we got a first look at some of the apps for Google's upcoming Glass. Many developers were in attendance, where Timothy Jordan explained the goal of the Glass experience: provide timely content and functionality that integrates into the user's daily life, while being careful not to get in the way with obtrusive features (the thing is attached to your head, after all).
First up was The New York Times app, shown delivering a headline with accompanying image and author's name. If a user wants the full story, it's only a tap away from being read aloud by Glass. The app even has a built-in breaking news system, letting users literally see the news as it happens. Or as it is written, anyway. Of course this wouldn't be a proper Google product without Gmail. Incoming messages appear as an email subject line and picture of the sender. After opening an email, users can use voice dictation to reply to their messages. This seems like a great idea for Twitter-sized emails, but it's still yet to be seen how useful this will be once you get beyond a few paragraphs. Evernote was on board, along with Skitch. These apps were shown handling some quick editing and sharing of pictures that were taken with Glass. Also among the 3rd-party app support was Path, the social network for close friends and family. Functionality was a little limited, which might be a good thing here. Make comments and emoticons, and share cards with other Path users.
It's great to see outside app developers supporting Glass at this stage in the game. One of the things discussed at this demo was app design. Many Android tablet apps have long been criticized for simply using an inefficient smartphone design. With Glass being such a unique platform, this could be a fresh start for a completely new experience - one with apps designed to make the most out of everything Glass has to offer.
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