If Google Glass Were a Phone, How Would Its Hardware Measure Up?
It doesn’t take knowing much about smartphones to realize that Google Glass, all tiny and perched on the side of your head, isn’t one. Even so, we’ve recently learned that the headset does, indeed, run Android, so maybe it really isn’t so different after all. With the device now in the hands of early adopters, more and more info on this innovative gadget has been coming to light, and some of the latest info tells us a bit about Glass’s hardware specs.
For instance, Glass appears to be powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC. This is a chip that saw popularity in smartphones in early 2011, and was found in phones like the Motorola Droid 3 and Droid RAZR, as well as tablets like the original Amazon Kindle Fire.
What about memory? Well, on the surface Glass reports having 682 MB of RAM, but that figure sure sounds pretty odd. There are signs that it’s actually a solid gigabyte, but some may be reserved for some reason and not appearing as accessible to the OS. A teardown might shed some light, but owners are understandably hesitant to destroy their new $1500 toys in the process.
As for Android itself, Glass runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4. We imagine that there’s a whole lot of custom code on top of the regular stack that enables Glass to function as it does, but it’s good old ICS at heart.