Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 19, 2013

Google Glass Update Brings Hangouts, Improved Security, Easier YouTube Uploading

Google Glass may just be the most popular piece of wearable technology out there, which is perhaps helped by the fact that Glass users are still an exclusive club. But as time wears on and more competitors appear, like the Vuzix smart glasses, Google will have to work harder at keeping potential users interested. Fortunately for the search giant, the latest Glass update will likely do just that.

The update includes new security tools, Hangouts and even a YouTube feature — which are, according to Google, some of the top-requested features for Glass. Indeed, the addition of popular Google services to Glass seem to be top priority as, earlier in December, the Play Music app made its way to the device. This update is the device’s 12th to date and will be the last for 2013.

Glass’ new security updates include the ability to lock the device’s screen, just like with any laptop or phone, except for the fact that the unlock code used for glass apparently involves a series of “taps and swipes,” according to a Google blog post. This screen lock feature can be found under settings and gives Glass an added layer of security which, frankly, should have been implemented much sooner.

As for the addition of Hangouts, Google’s instant messaging and VoIP platform, this obviously allows Glass users to chat with friends from the wearable device. Currently, Hangouts communications with Glass are limited to basic one-on-one and group text chatting as well as the ability to send photo messages.

As for the new YouTube feature, it makes it much easier for Glass users to put videos on YouTube from the device.

“You can now upload those must-share moments by enabling the YouTube Glassware on MyGlass,” reads Google’s post regarding the update. “Once you're done recording, either tap on the video and swipe to the YouTube share card, or say ‘ok glass, share with YouTube.’”

Other additions in this update include an iOS app for Glass, the ability to create a radio station based on the user’s listening history and the ability to take a picture by simply winking.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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