Google Glass gets its first firmware update in three years, world barely notices
Remember Google Glass?
A few years ago, many tech pundits were calling Google’s wearable
technology product the next big thing, and the true successor to
smartphones for portable computing. However, there hasn’t been any major
activity on that front for several years. This week, hopes for a
revival were stoked as Google released the first update for existing
Glass products since October 2014.
The support page for the firmware update shows that it now adds
native support for pairing a Google Glass device with Bluetooth
products. Android Police reports that they got their Glass
device to work, at least in part, with a Bluetooth keyboard. The release
notes adds this update also contains some unnamed “bug fixes and
The big question: why is Google even bothering to release an
update for its Glass products in the first place? It’s possible that the
company is very quietly testing some next-generation eyewear devices
and some of that work was folded into an update for anyone who might
still be rocking the old school Glass product. Google has been publishing patent applications
for the past couple of years centering on those kinds of products, but
we would seem to be no closer to a new Glass device being officially
revealed than we were back in 2014.
Would you like to see Google launch a new version of
Glass, or do you think has its time come and gone? Let us know how you
feel in the comments!