Following long software update break, Google Glass gets KitKat

The latest and best version of Android is all set to make its way to the Google Glass later this week. This announcement comes just ahead of the company preparing to open up its coffers for the general public to buy the device in one day’s time. If they’re quick enough, residents of the US will be able to purchase it at $1,500 but they’ll only have 24 hours to do so, starting later today.

Google Glass is running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich currently, and it will be seen skipping three big updates to directly land on the 4.4 KitKat platform. Its makers have revealed a long list of new features that are to form part of this download.

Google Glass

Firstly, it will feature improved battery life and a new ‘Photo bundles’ feature which will organize your photographs, videos and vignettes from each day into bundles to make them easier to be browsed through. Hangouts will get the ability to send photo replies, whereas the voice command menu will be updated as well to list out the most recently and frequently used commands.

However, among all these additions there is also a subtraction; that of the video calling feature. According to Google, less 10 percent of Glass owners are currently using it due to its sub-standard nature, which is why it’s removing it. Developers are now free to come up with their own iterations of the trait.

Like we said, Google Glass will be offered to residents of the US later today only for 24 hours. It will open up for buying 9am ET which is just a few hours away right now.