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Google Glass Specs CPU, RAM Exposed via ADB

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We mostly already know what Google plans to pack into its Glass AR specs when it goes retail in 2Q14: a 5MP camera, a bone conduction transducer for audio, Wireless G and Bluetooth connectivity, 12 GB of usable storage and a battery promising a full day of typical use. What hasn't been revealed until now is the actual core hardware that makes everything tick.

Some of the specs are still unknown, but a pair of hackers discovered the USB debugging settings and managed to get Android Debug Bridge (ADB) up and running. It confirms that Glass is indeed running Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" which the system requirements for the MyGlass companion app hinted to in Google's specs.

ADB also revealed that Glass uses the OMAP4430 45-nm SoC from Texas Instruments which features two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore SMP general-purpose cores (clocked at 1 GHz?) and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. Also included in this chip is an IVA 3 Hardware accelerator, an ABE processor, and an ISP supporting a 20MP camera. 1080p HD video performance is supported at 30fps, as well as 720p stereoscopic 3D.

As for memory, the OMAP 4 chip is backed by 682 MB of RAM although kernel messages point to 1 GB of RAM, the hackers claim.

Disappointed in the specs? Don't be – Google Glass isn't meant to play NOVA 3 (although honestly it would be cool), but rather pull some of the functions away from the smartphone. The second-generation Kindle Fire uses the same OMAP 4 SoC (which says the clock speed is 1.2 GHz) and the same amount of memory, so the performance should be nearly equal outside the Pure Android vs. Forked Android debate.

For Google's current list of official specs, head here.

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    guru_urug , April 27, 2013 9:33 AM
    I'd say the specs are pretty impressive. The author is forgetting the form factor of this device! All that tech packed into an area much smaller than that of a cellphone/tablet. Consdering it matches upto the 2nd gen kindle fire is commendable. And this is just the 1st iteration of this one of a kind device. The consumer edition launched next year should contain beefier specs.
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    guru_urug , April 27, 2013 9:33 AM
    I'd say the specs are pretty impressive. The author is forgetting the form factor of this device! All that tech packed into an area much smaller than that of a cellphone/tablet. Consdering it matches upto the 2nd gen kindle fire is commendable. And this is just the 1st iteration of this one of a kind device. The consumer edition launched next year should contain beefier specs.
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    smeezekitty , April 27, 2013 10:07 AM
    It seems alittle creepy.
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    chumly , April 27, 2013 10:16 AM
    Is there a lead hat that comes with this to prevent all the radiation from going into my brain?
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    whyso , April 27, 2013 10:38 AM
    Thought they would use a 32nm chip. power consumption has got to be a problem with something like this.
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    lunix , April 27, 2013 12:01 PM
    My S3 can get pretty hot, another reason you don't want a "high-end" chip in there :) 
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    upgrade_1977 , April 27, 2013 12:21 PM
    3d? how would that work with one eye? lol
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    somebodyspecial , April 27, 2013 12:25 PM
    This will be far more impressive with a 28nm chip, or heck 20nm or maybe a 14nm intel something. :)  I really don't think this will take off much with places blocking you for having one on and a phone that does so much more already in your pocket. I really can't see me wanting one of these unless just for farting around and the cost was under $200. Otherwise I'd rather wait until they can do far more and have a much better chip in them. I don't think I'll pay attention to these until 20nm or smaller. By then the cost might make it useful to me and maybe it can replace a phone for most stuff then too.
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    beetlejuicegr , April 27, 2013 1:19 PM
    The specs are fine
    fantastic smile, naughty eyes and i bet killer body!
    oh wait you refer to the glasseS :p 
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    tului , April 27, 2013 5:42 PM
    I plan on getting some oversized sunglasses, sort of like the wrap arounds old people use over their eyeglasses. That'll keep anyone from seeing my eyes when I do the weird zone out thing people are talking about. It'll also keep them from knowing I'm using Google glass at all. They'll just think I'm some weirdo with dark specs.
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    house70 , April 27, 2013 6:23 PM
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    Is there a lead hat that comes with this to prevent all the radiation from going into my brain?

    Nah, your tinfoil hat should work just fine....
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    alfaalex101 , April 27, 2013 6:31 PM
    hawt
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    soundping , April 27, 2013 6:35 PM
    I still don't see any advantage using this tech. A modern smartphone has more potential.
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    Truckinupga , April 27, 2013 8:24 PM
    I don't know, I'm sure there are those that are excited about this product. Different strokes and all. But for me at best its just not that interesting, I'll take a pass.
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    Icecweam7 , April 27, 2013 11:57 PM
    Amazing how much Goolge can fit into some glass. Can they be tinted? Can I get a frame style like Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge?
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    smeezekitty , April 28, 2013 12:21 AM
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    How exactly can Google tell me I can't sell my Google Glass if I had it? or even loan them out which is laughable. No NDA was signed so Google can go screw themselves. Notice EBbay didn't take down the auction because Google has no legal standing to tell them to. It's a device that runs Android nothing more. You paid $1,500 to purchase a device, not rent it. They threaten to deactivate it? I'd sue Google. Google is worse than Apple.

    This is exactly what I thought. Not being allowed to _loan_ it is totally absurd and over the top. I suppose this means you could not even let a friend try it (not even for a minute)?

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    g-unit1111 , April 28, 2013 11:53 AM
    After smart glasses and smart watches when are they going to start wiring phone and email apps directly into our brains?
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    house70 , April 28, 2013 12:18 PM
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    This is exactly what I thought. Not being allowed to _loan_ it is totally absurd and over the top. I suppose this means you could not even let a friend try it (not even for a minute)?



    Not so. You need to read the whole agreement. You can't make money off of it, basically, this is a prototype device that you as a developer paid to get access to and be able to explore it's capabilities, tweak your apps for it and so on. Of course you could let a friend try it, the device doesn't know who's wearing it. That is, assuming you are willing to let your friend try your 1500 bucks device.
    People that bought this are developers that are interested to be first on the market with Glass-oriented apps, and this gave them this opportunity. Or at least that's the majority of people that bought them. Of course, there will be turds among the buyers that just got them to try and make a quick buck, and the killswitch included is Google's way to try to enforce the rules. Nobody forced anyone to buy them in the first place, and hopefully potential second-hand buyers will be deterred by the existence of such a switch.

    @ otacon:

    I guess it's a good thing you didn't get one, then. Otherwise, good luck with that lawsuit. Obviously you don't even understand the concept behind this device's TOS. But hey, never miss a chance to troll on Google and Android, right?
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    Michael Hoolahan , April 28, 2013 8:13 PM
    be prepared to get absolutely smashed by adds for people selling EVERYTHING as you walk within 100 metres of their store...
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    fuzzion , April 28, 2013 9:45 PM
    Finally i can watch porn while talking to someone face to face
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    somebodyspecial , April 29, 2013 3:21 AM
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    Finally i can watch porn while talking to someone face to face


    Thanks for that...I LMFAO.

    I'll still be laughing tomorrow...I just got about a dozen visuals off this. IE, what happens when someone looks down and realizes your hard over a conversation that really shouldn't get you going...ROFL.

    If you thought phones and people walking into traffic were bad...Now you'll see stories like "man walks into traffic, forensics shows he was hard and watching porn when he got ran over"...Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...LOL. I'm thinking these will cause a lot of accidents now ;) 

    I still can't see a use for this over a phone for at least a while though. It has to have more features to replace a phone etc.
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