Skip to main content

Glass: Google launches MyGlass app for iOS

glass sells out in tuesday sale google closeup
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Google released its MyGlass companion app for iOS earlier this week, and then promptly pulled it, apparently because it first needed to roll out its XE12 firmware update for Glass.

Now that the firmware update has been made available, the Mountain View company has once again released the iOS app, and it can now be found as a free download in the iTunes store.

Like the Android equivalent, MyGlass for iOS allows Google’s army of iDevice-owning Explorer testers to easily set up and configure their face-based computer using their iPhone or iPad (iOS 7 or later). Before, iOS users had to visit the MyGlass website to carry out such tasks.

Features include Screencast, something no doubt many Glass users will be keen to play around with. This lets a Glass wearer show others exactly what they’re seeing through their face-based computer via an iPhone or iPad screen.

Turn-by-turn directions via Glass is also enabled with the app, and you can use it to manage your contacts, too.

While the Android MyGlass app allows Explorers to send SMS messages via their high-tech headwear, such functionality is not yet available with the iOS app, Google said on its Glass website.

Up to now, iDevice owners have been able to surf the Web and make calls by pairing Glass with their iPhone via Bluetooth using the handset’s Personal Hotspot feature, so the launch of the app essentially adds management functionality as well as a few new features as already mentioned.

Google has been enhancing Glass’s software with updates rolled out on a monthly basis this year, though with things slowing down over the holiday season, the company said this week’s releases cover January too, with the next one lined up for February. Many are expecting Glass to get a commercial release in 2014, though Google is yet to offer any concrete information on such a release.

The company is currently sending out a revamped Glass to its Explorer testers, with the updated device close to what we can expect to see when the gadget finally hits stores some time next year. 

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
How to reset your iPhone, restart it, and wipe it clean
iPhone 14 Pro showing the Moon always-on screen, held in a man's hand.

If you’re planning on upgrading to the latest iPhone, such as the iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro, you may need to reset your old phone before getting rid of it or giving it away. As iPhone users, we’ve learned various tips and tricks over the years, but it’s always helpful to review the basics. One crucial aspect every iPhone user should know is how to reset their device. The process used to be the same for all models, but since the introduction of the iPhone X, which features Face ID and no Home button, there have been some changes.

Read more
I abandoned my iPad for an Android tablet and didn’t hate it
A person typing on a keyboard, connected to a Pixel Tablet.

Android tablets aren’t a patch on the Apple iPad, right? I mean, they don’t come close in app compatibility, performance, or versatility — making Android as an operating system good on phones, but disappointing on tablets. That’s the rule, and it’s one I have followed for some time.

At least, that was until I forced myself to live with and use the Google Pixel Tablet just like I do my iPad Pro. Would it change my mind? A bit, yes, but another Android tablet changed it more.
What does my tablet need to do?

Read more
How to use iOS 16 photo cutout to cut and paste images
The image background remover feature from iOS 16 being used on a photo of a dog.

There are a lot of clever smaller features hidden in iOS 16. Perhaps the most impressive of these is the ability to extract the subject of a photo from background elements, digitally cutting out the main part of the photo so that you can share it on its own or paste it into another image with an entirely different background.

This new feature is an expansion of Apple's Visual Look Up introduced in iOS 15 last year. In its original form, Visual Look Up used machine learning to recognize certain objects in your photos — such as popular landmarks, flowers, plants, breeds of certain pets, and even birds, insects, and spiders. Selecting a recognized object in the Photos app would provide more information with links to Wikipedia articles and similar images from the web.

Read more