Tomorrow, for one day only, anyone in the United States will be able to purchase Google Glass. Where previously interested parties usually had to sign up to waiting lists or get referred by a friend, the company is making a limited supply of its wearable product available for $1,500 from 9AM ET on April 15th.
Ahead of the sale, Google has detailed the next round of updates for its device set to roll out later this week, including Android Kit Kat support, improved battery life, and the removal of video call capability.
Google says it has been working on a “significant upgrade” to Glass’ software. The device now runs the latest version of the Android operating system, Kit Kat, meaning developers can use the most recent Android SDK to create Glassware apps in addition to the recently announced Glass development kit. Google says the update also brings more reliability and improved battery life. The latter is a particularly welcome upgrade: in our experience, earlier versions of Glass would often run out of battery before the day was complete.
The updates also see the removal of Glass’ video calls. Google says it decided to ditch the feature for now after deciding that video calls weren’t yet up to its “high standards,” but that it planned to add the feature back in when the “experience is better.”
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