Google Announces Social Networking Apps for Glass


Satisfying an expectation for Google I/O content, Google has released app details about the wearable Google Glass tech, including support for social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

On the first day of the Google I/O developers conference, Glass was nowhere to be seen. However, yesterday the company finally rolled out some Glass-centric sessions complete with details about the device's supported apps. Not surprisingly Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are among the social networking apps that will be available on the devices. Naturally Google+ will be extremely present and integrated into the gadget as well. Sure to create further controversy (as Glass has already been pre-banned in some locations for this functionality), these apps will allow users to upload photos to the social networks directly from the glasses' camera (and therefore anything in front of which the user is standing).

Not only will the users be able to post photos, but text will be an option as well through voice recognition. Shiv Ramamurthi, engineering manager at Twitter, described the functionality of the app in a tweet, explaining that "In addition to sharing photos, you can also keep up with the people you follow on Twitter through notifications... As always, you can reply to, retweet or favorite these Tweets." Currently, the apps need to be installed from a smartphone using the Google Glass app, but users are hoping that this will be ironed out and that apps may be installed directly by the devices in the future. The Google Glass development session at I/O can be watched online, as well as all of the sessions both live and after the fact.


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