Google Glass Updated with More RAM, Improved Battery

Google's annual developer conference kicks off a little bit later today and the keynote is expected to yield some pretty tasty treats. However, Google gave us a little taste of the good stuff last night when it announced that new models of Google Glass will ship with more memory. The search giant’s smart glasses will now ship with 2 GB of RAM as well as improved battery life. The current technical specifications for the Explore units include a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC (dual core 1.2 GHz), a 640x360 Himax HX7309 display, a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, 12 GB of usable storage, ad a bone conduction audio transducer.

Of course, the aforementioned improvements to battery and RAM aren’t much use to those that already own a Google Glass unit, but software upgrades are easily applied to Explorer versions of the glasses and Google’s been working to improve Glass since the Explorer Program kicked off in April of last year. The company has been listening to Explorers’ feedback regarding the HMD and members have been asking for an easier way to frame photos as well as more Google Now cards, so Google is adding both of those highly-requested features this week (the new cards cover package delivery and the location of your parked car). Google also announced new Glassware including Runtastic, The Guardian, Duolingo, Zombies, Run!, Shazam, and Livestream.

No doubt we’ll be hearing a lot more about Google Glass in just a few hours’ time, so stay tuned for more from Google I/O. We’re also hoping for some new info on Project Tango, Projet Ara, and Android Wear as well as a new version of Android and possibly a new Nexus tablet. It's going to be an exciting morning!

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  • I hope these things will just be a fad
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  • 277294 said:
    I hope these things will just be a fad

    As a smartphone or tablet extensions, smart glasses could be fairly useful. As primarily stand-alone devices though, I have a hard time imagining myself using a device mostly with voice commands and head gestures. With eye-tracking navigation, they would become a fair bit more practical as stand-alone but it would also eat batteries like nobody's business.

    I have no doubt smart glasses are here to stay but we are still 5+ years away from this achieving truly mainstream functionality and pricing.
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  • I hope doctors and dentists use them in amazing ways.
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