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Google Glass XE9 Update Introduces Vignettes, YouTube Search Results, and Sound Search

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The Google Glass team released their regularly scheduled software update this afternoon, bringing with it three new features under build XE9. Explorers of Glass can use a Vignette feature that allows you to “tell stories through pictures” by capturing both photos and whatever is on your display at that specific moment. If story telling is your deal, you’ll also find YouTube videos in searches, the ability to perform sounds searches should a mysteriously awesome song be playing near you, and take advantage of the beginning steps of Google Apps integration. 

Here is the full list of changes:


Glass now has a whole new way to tell stories through pictures. You can capture both a photo and whatever was on your display in that moment. All you need to do is tap and select “Make vignette” after you take a picture. Our team has been having a blast with this feature (as you can see below).

YouTube videos in search results

You’ll now see YouTube results for some searches. For example, imagine your bike tire’s just gone flat. Walk it home? Nope. Now, you can find and watch a quick YouTube video on how to fix it in a flash. Just tap to play and pause, swipe forward to fast forward and backward to rewind.

Sound search

This does exactly what it says on the tin. You’re wearing Glass (obvs), you hear a song you like and you want to know what it is. Now all you have to do is long press on the touchpad, swipe forward and whoomp (there it is). Alternatively, you can long press on the touchpad and simply ask “What song is this?”

Glass with Google Apps accounts

You asked, we listened, we toiled and now we are building and testing Glass with Google Apps accounts. Some services, like email, are working already. Feel free to try it out by factory resetting your Glass, and signing in with your Google Apps account.

And that’s that, for the three of you who may own Glass.

Via:  +Google Glass

  • Edward Coles

    Cant wait for the update, unfortunately Ill have to wait until I get home after work, and a concert, and a meeting…

  • Mike

    It’s all about the Oakland Raiders!

  • jer85008

    I’ll assume this wasn’t announced by Amanda Rosenberg.

    • michael arazan

      Maybe we’ll see the story of how sergi stole amanda from hugo

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  • Mark Collado

    Cool. I should be in the picture around Section 19 . I want Google glass

  • Kane Stapler

    Hey! I’m one of 3. Don’t I feel special

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