Glass XE12

As Glass matures, better app support and cross-platform functionality is added

Heads up for Glass Explorers, the December update — XE12 — for Google Glass is now available. 

New this month is a long list of tweaks and features. You can find all the details at the source link, but we'll go over them quickly here.

  • iOS app —  as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.
  • Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if you are an All Access subscriber.
  • Screen lock — set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.
  • Hangouts Glassware — now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.
  • YouTube Glassware — share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.
  • Wink — Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.
  • New Google Search features — searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.
  • Removed Signature from Messages — no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.
  • Removal of Guest Mode — maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

The update should be pushing out now, so get your Glass plugged in and on Wifi!

Source: Google

There are 21 comments

VMdoug says:

I'm waaaaiiittttiiiinnngggg but it hasn't pushed to my Glass yet ;-)

VMdoug says:

That didn't take long. All updated to XE12. The blink to take a picture is pretty cool!

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Mpearce25 says:

Anyone know how this blink to capture feature works, do they have some sort of eye tracking built in?

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fbatista says:

Glass has a sensor to the right of the prism of the glass screen.

Hopefully mine will be updated when I get home tonight.

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Mpearce25 says:


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VMdoug says:

You can turn it on or off and when you turn the feature on you calibrate to your own wink.

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xketchupx says:

gaaah, i need one!!!

Biga173rd says:

IOS why google? Geez

Why not? What's more important; getting this device on as many faces as possible or pleasing nerds who like to hate on Apple? Personally I'd love to see this hit Windows Phone and BlackBerry as well so that everyone can try it out. 


Spot on!!

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Coolaaron88 says:

Id love to use Glass alongside my Nokia Lumia 1520.

jackwagon06 says:

If updates are coming at nexus speed, I just may keep mine to see what this thing can really do!

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return_0 says:

Can it differentiate between normal, frequent blinking and intentional blinking?

Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.

Good question sir.

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eagle865 says:

What if I wanted a picture every time I blinked!

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Yes I have had no problems with it taking unwanted pictures

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mindflux says:

I'd update mine if I could afford one.

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Pirate Arr says:

I don't see how its fun if someone takes a picture of you without you knowing or your permission

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thingg says:

there's a typo: Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if """your""" an All Access subscriber.

Just wanted to let you know. :-)

dahlheim says:

wow. at least make sure YOU'RE accurate in YOUR use of YOU'RE before posting YOUR message...

n64kps says:

My Glass updated while plugged in and using bluetooth data, wifi not necessary