Still need a push to drop $1,500 on Google’s Glass headset when they go on sale to all US residents tomorrow? After skipping a couple of months, the team behind it is pushing a big software update later this week that lets it run the freshest version of Android and adds a bunch of new features. Other than switching to Android Kit Kat, Glass is now organizing photos in bundles for easier scrolling, allows for photo replies in Google Hangouts, makes it easier to send feedback and even sorts voice commands to put your most-used ones at the top.
Google Glass is getting a big software update to coincide with its one-day sale on Tuesday, but video calling is one feature that’s been put on hold. The Internet-enabled headset will get KitKat, the newest version of the Android operating system for mobile devices, allowing longer battery life and easier updates, according to Google. The new software features will include photo bundles, which are groups of daily photos, videos and other material. Users will also be able to reply with photos in Google Hangouts and have their voice commands organized by frequency. But the update will leave out video calls, which have been available to early adopters using Glass. “We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards,” the Google Glass team wrote in blog post.