AUGMENTED REALITY SPECTACLES Google Glass will soon be updated to Android 4.4 Kitkat, the biggest update since it made its debut.
Glass presently runs Google's dated Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, but the firm has said that Android 4.4 Kitkat will arrive on Glass sooner rather than later.
While Glass is still running an ageing version of Android, Google has been putting out monthly software updates to the spectacles, although one didn't arrive in February. Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat upgrade plans are likely the reason behind this, with the firm admitting that while it's committed to frequent updates, bigger updates take more time and are likely to take longer.
Google's Teresa Zazenski broke the news at the firm's private forum for Explorers, as reported by Glass Almanac.
There she wrote, "The pace isn't changing and we're still committed to regular updates for Glass - even if they're not monthly anymore, because bigger updates just take more time.
"In fact, we're working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich to Kit Kat to make the Glass experience smoother and just plain better. This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it's something we're really excited about. Developers, we know you're gonna be excited, too.
"But it's also something that we don't want to send to you all until it's just right."
Later in the post, Glass community advocate Sarah Price reiterated that software updates are no longer likely to arrive monthly. She said, "bigger updates take more time and may no longer come monthly anymore."
Google has yet to reveal what the update to Android 4.4 Kitkat will bring to Google Glass, and has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ