We aren’t even to Google I/O yet and announcements are already flooding out of the Google Glass team, through interviews with Sundar Pichai, and from the crew over at Cyanogen. In this quick post, we are focusing on all of the new Glass announcements, which include 12 new apps (“Glassware”), camera framing when taking pictures, new Google now cards, and maybe most importantly, the jump in new models of Glass to 2GB of RAM.
The new Glassware includes app integration with popular titles like Runtastic, Duolingo, Zombies, Run!, Shazam, and Livestream. To find out how these new apps will work with Glass, jump below to Google’s descriptions.
In terms of picture framing, the Glass team is finally adding brackets to the corners of the camera, which can be accessed by saying “OK Glass, show the viewfinder.” From there, you can take a picture in frame.
The two new Google Now cards are for car parking and letting you know when packages are headed your way.
Finally, the Glass team has announced that new shipments of Glass will include 2GB RAM. I would imagine we are getting more details than that over the next couple of days, but for now, I feel bad for anyone who ordered Glass before today. Google will reportedly not be swapping out older units for the new model with all of this RAM.
On the new amount of RAM, photo framing, and Now cards:
an easier way to frame your shots, so we bring you viewfinder. When you say “ok glass, show the viewfinder” you’ll see white L’s in the four corners of your Glass screen. You can then either take a photo by saying “ok glass, take a picture,” with a wink, or by pushing the camera button.
more Google Now cards, so we launched two new ones to remind you where you parked your car and let you know when packages are coming your way. Stay tuned for more to come.
better performance, so Glass will now start shipping with 2GB of RAM.
And here is the entire list of new apps, plus details:
Runtastic is your personal trainer. You’ll have a collection of workouts to help whip you into shape or push you to reach your fitness goals.
94Fifty Basketball works with the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball to help you with your game. It measures muscle memory that the human eye can’t see. You’ll get feedback after each shot to help you shoot like Ray Allen. (ok, maybe not Ray Allen but maybe it’ll help you make varsity.)
The Guardian keeps you up to date on breaking news alerts and lets you save the articles you want to read later.
Duolingo makes learning a new language feel more like a game and less like high school Spanish class.
GuidiGO is your personal tour guide. Choose from 27 destinations and over 250 guided tours. Relive the Impressionist history of Montmartre, the magic of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, or the hidden secrets of San Francisco!
Allthecooks is no stranger to Glass, but they’ve added some new features to keep your hands free while cooking. You can now use voice commands to switch between recipes and directions.
Zombies, Run! Because let’s face it, running is more fun when you’re being chased by zombies.
Star Chart lets you look up at the sky and explore the stars, planets and constellations above.
Shazam on Glass can tell you the name of the track and artist of a song that’s playing around you. Just say “OK Glass, Recognize this song.”
Goal.com lets you keep up with everything happening in the world of football. (World Cup fans, we’re looking at you.)
Livestream let’s you broadcast live video, read chat messages from your audience and share your point of view via social networks.
musiXmatch picks up on the music playing around you and shows you the song lyrics for songs in any language.