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Google pushes out software update for Google Glass

Update includes added Google+ functionality and a new rule on how and where background data can be uploaded.

Google Glass update notification Bryan Liles

Google Glass has been out in the wild for less than a month and those lucky enough to be deemed worthy of the high-tech specs are already getting a software update.

Dubbed XE5, the update pushed to owners Tuesday night contains a bevy of new features and bug fixes, including crash reporting, Google+ functionality, and a new rule regarding how and where Google Glass can upload data in the background. According to an update highlighted by Glass owner Bryan Liles, apps will be allowed to upload data when the specs are connected to a power source and a local Wi-Fi network.

Among the new features is incoming Hangout notifications and the ability to comment and +1 posts on Google+, the Web giant's social network. The update's changelog also promises more reliable battery estimation and "wicked fast" message transcription.

The new update's changelog, according to Phandroid:

  • Change to sync policy: require power + WiFi for background uploads
  • Crash reporting
  • Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
  • Incoming Hangout notifications
  • Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
  • Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
  • International number dialing + SMS
  • Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
  • New On-Head Detection calibration flow
  • Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
  • More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
  • New recipient-list mosaic
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