New York Times launches Google Glass app

The New York Times' app for Google Glass offers basic features including news alerts and automated readings of article summaries.

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The New York Times has just released its news app to Google Glass users, making it the first third party to release an installable app for Google's high-tech specs. Here, Glass is being used to interact with the immediate environment. Google

The New York Times has released to the public the Google Glass app that it demoed at this year's South by Southwest conference.

On Thursday, on a page on its Web site, the Times offered a brief introduction to the Glass app's features and a button to help Glass owners install the app. The app, built with Google's Mirror API for Glass, is the first installable third-party app that's been made available to Glass owners.

Features include breaking-news alerts and hourly news updates, and you can navigate stories and photos by tilting your head up. You can also tap to have the app read article summaries to you.

The Times declined to provide additional details.

Update, April 26 at 12:05 p.m. PT: Adds "no comment" from the Times.

Correction, April 26 at 12:05 p.m. PT: The original version of this story reported that the Times had e-mailed its subscribers to notify them of the Google Glass app. That's not the case. The paper has since told CNET, "We did not send any communication about Google Glass to subscribers or any of our readers."