GOOGLE HAS UPGRADED the specifications of its Glass augmented reality eyewear just days after releasing the spectacles in the UK, bumping its memory to 2GB and adding a photo-framing Viewfinder mode.
Google said it listened to user feedback, and announced a number of improvements to its augmented reality spectacles just two days after putting it up for sale to UK punters priced at £1,000.
Google said on its Google+ social network, "The Explorer Program has been an exciting ride, and as a result of your feedback, we've picked up the pace on making more improvements. In the last year we've made over a dozen software and several hardware updates. For example, we've improved battery life by over 20 [percent], made voice search 10 [percent] faster and brought you frames, shades and prescription support.
"With I/O about to kick off, we wanted to share some of the most recent improvements we'll be rolling out."
Prominent among the improvements is performance enhancement, with Google doubling the amount of RAM to 2GB. While this is good news for those in the UK looking to pick up Glass, Google has yet to announce whether present Explorers will be able to trade in for the upgraded models, meaning such a move is unlikely.
As well as doubling the RAM in Google Glass, the firm also announced a Viewfinder mode, allowing users to better frame images.
"When you say 'ok glass, show the viewfinder' you'll see white L's in the four corners of your Glass screen. You can then either take a photo by saying 'ok glass, take a picture' with a wink, or by pushing the camera button," Google added.
Finally, Google announced more Google Now cards for Glass, including one to remind you where you parked your car, and another to show you when to expect a delivery.
Check out our Google Glass: UK Explorers edition hands-on review. µ
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