This week Google released the latest XE 12 update for their Google Glass Explorer Editions pushing new features as well as various bug improvements. This was one of the largest updates for the Glass unit thus far and many members of the Explorer program have voiced their satisfaction with this XE 12 update.

Here is a breakdown of the major changes in the XE 12 update:

Lock Screen

We get a lot of questions from Explorers about ways to make Glass even more secure, so this month we’re adding the ability to lock your screen. Just like with your laptop or phone, no one can use your locked Glass until you enter your secret Glass handshake using taps and swipes. You can set it up in Settings.

Hangouts

You’ve told us you love video calls on Glass, but you’ve made it clear that you want Hangouts messages on Glass too. Well now we’ve got it. Chatting with your best friend, messaging everyone from your ski trip at once, sending picture messages… all of it is now possible on Glass. You can enable the Hangouts Glassware and update your messaging preferences at MyGlass.

Upload to YouTube

Some of the videos you record through Glass are pure gold, and worthy of sharing with other people. You can now upload those must-share moments by enabling the YouTube Glassware on MyGlass. Once you’re done recording, either tap on the video and swipe to the YouTube share card, or say “ok glass, share with YouTube.” So go on, share that video of you at the zoo, #throughglass.

Wink

Glass is about helping you look up and experience the world around you without getting bogged down by technology. Based on this philosophy, we've got a new setting that lets you quickly and easily capture the moments you care about with a simple wink of the eye. Whether it's capturing an amazing sunset on an evening walk, or photographing your receipt for the lunch you'll need to expense, you can now stay in the moment and wink to take a picture instantly.  If you want to turn it on, just swipe over to Settings.

We’re starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible. Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay. You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss. Pretty cool, right?

Music

We recently introduced music and it really is the gift that keeps on giving. +Google Play Music All Access subscribers can pick between their playlists and radio, or try “I'm feeling lucky” to create a radio station based on previous listening history. In addition to using voice, you can also tap on “ok glass” and then “listen” to choose your favorite songs. 

iOS App

Great news iPhone fans, the iOS app is ready, but we need you to have this month’s Glass update first before it will work. We know we spilled the beans a bit too soon, but we’ll let you know when it’s available for download later this week.

Since the release, the MyGlass for iOS app has successfully launched in the App Store and the update is running smoothly on our in-house Explorer unit. Personally, I found the new “wink for photo” technology to be the most exciting feature added to this update and to my surprise it functions exceptionally when configured properly.

Visit the source link below to get more information on the XE 12 update.

Via: Engadget
Source: Google