Google Glass available to all in open beta, as XE17.1 update announced
If you have had your eye on Google’s face-mounted wearable, Glass, you have probably purchased it by now, as numerous opportunities to purchase the device have come our way. If you have not, though, you will be pleased to know that Google has now made the Explorer edition Glass device available to many more people.
Of course, you will still be dealing with pre-release hardware, and with that the same $1500 price tag, but if you like to be on the cutting-edge, this is the way to do it. One thing to note is that only residents of the United States aged 18 and up will be eligible to buy the device — sorry, foreign readers.
In semi-related news, Google has announced the availability of a new update for Glass wearers. First of all, the companion MyGlass app is receiving an update this week to version 3.0, possibly tomorrow (as Google’s trademark “Update Wednesday” commences). The update brings a refreshed look, and the ability to enter in WiFi passwords instead of scanning QR codes.
One of the new inclusions in XE17.1 is the ability to send places from Google Maps to Glass. Just hit Share in Maps, and then Glass, and you will be navigating in no time.
Glass is available for eligible Explorers (as stock permits) immediately, and the updates for MyGlass and the Glass firmware will be rolling out over the next few days.