Google Glass

The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are the biggest additions in the XE16 update, which also upped the base OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

As we noted when XE16 rolled out, here's what's new in this build:

  • 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.

Anybody interested in getting the Google Glass XE16 image can download it from the Google Developers System and Kernel Downloads page and get tinkering. How many of you Explorers have are already installed the update? Finding anything especially interesting?