Until now, everyone was waiting to see what kind of improvements and hardware additions would Google make to its wearable computer device, the Glass. But the second version of the Google Glass is here and it doesn’t bring much novelty compared to its previous version. Take a look below.
Following one of Google’s latest announcements, apparently all Glass owners can now switch to the new Glass model. When Google made this announcement, they also ensured us that the improved version of the Glass will come with a mono ear-bud and that it is compatible with prescription lenses as long as they come from one of Google’s lenses manufacturing partners.
In order to establish the differences between the first Glass version and its new model, we confronted the model acquired through the first Explorer program and the one launched now. And at a first glance we can tell you that the new model doesn’t show any major changes on the exterior.
When taken individually, none of these improvements seem that important anymore. After all, the ear-bud fits well for both the first and the second Glass. As for the support Google added for attaching accessories or new frames, it consists in a mounting mechanism with a titanium stripe.
The original Glass version contained a shield for the clear Glass lenses, which was replaced in the new model with the ear-bud benefit. So, the new Glass model has a more functional clip-in and uses polarized sunglass.
Considering that Google owns Motorola, we believe that the low power voice commands available now in the Moto X could have been really useful if integrated in the Glass. Not to mention the new improvements made to the X8 computer of the Glass and the waning support for the Texas Instruments OMAP 4400. When seeing all this information, we realize that Google could have done a lot more for their new Glass model. Users everywhere were expecting to see a lot more hardware changes too.
Regarding the operational system, both Glass models work with the OMAP 4430 CPU. The difference is that the Google Glass Explorer version is using a CPU revision 3 4430, while the new Glass is using CPU revision 4.
So, thanks to this improvement of the OMAP 4430, users will enjoy smoother animations, because otherwise the difference isn’t noticeable. You can expect for the general performance to be increased with maximum 10%. However, the system has been updated.
A more specific example of when the update is somehow noticeable in the new Glass is when using the application photosphere Easter egg. When panning the sphere around the walls, the transfer is smoother than it was on the older model. For now, it is the only difference worth telling you about.
For those eager to switch to the new Glass model, you can expect the new device to be available sometime in November. At a first glance, the difference wasn’t big, but we’re still waiting to see what we can do about the prescription lenses and frames. As for any other areas, the upgrade isn’t that big as we expected.