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I/O 2013: Google Announces Native Glass Developer Kit, New Partner Apps

At the 2nd day today, of I/O 2013, Google’s Timothy Jordan, developer advocate on Project Glass spoke briefly about upcoming Glass Developer Kit (GDK), a native development framework for Glass hardware itself.

The GDK will be available at a later date, Jordan said, and “it will allow developers to access a “handful of things” that they can’t currently do with the Mirror API.”

While the Mirror API handles 80 to 90 percent of what Google has found users want in a good Glass experience, there are things like offline tasks and access to hardware features like location that require a native API. Hence the GDK.

This will enable “immediate access to hardware” and Glass’s built-in capabilities, so that Glass developers will be able to build things like navigation apps on Glass itself, so you can find your way even if you’re not necessarily connected to the web.

In addition, Google also announced a number of new partner apps including: Facebook and Twitter, as well as Evernote, Tumblr, Elle and CNN, in addition to the previously announced NYT and Path apps.

With Twitter for Google Glass, “you can share photos to Twitter. The Tweet will automatically include the text, “Just shared a photo #throughglass”,” explains Twitter.

In addition to sharing photos, “you can also keep up with the people you follow on Twitter through notifications — for mentions, DMs and Tweets from users for whom you’ve turned on notifications.” As always, you can reply to, retweet or favorite these Tweets.

Those, of you, who’ve Glass, can start using Twitter, “simply go to google.com/myglass and turn on Twitter.”

Google also announces rebuilt AdMob Developer Tools with Smarter App Promotion, Local Currency Support and more rollint out today.

Twitter for Google Glass : Shared photo

Twitter for Glass : Reply to a tweet

Google X and Glass Team’s Steve Lee, announced that “as of last week,” “all 2,000 developers who signed up for the Glass Explorer program at last year’s I/O have been invited to pick up their devices” from Google’s offices in Mountain View, New York City or Los Angeles.

Lee added that the 8,000 #ifihadglass “winners” will also start getting theirs soon.

Lee also noted that Glass will receive monthly software updates with bug fixes and new features. The last update introduced a handy “long press” for search.

Also, during a Hacking Google Glass session, Google shared the steps to gain “root access” for Glass. Only the Fastboot tool for UNIX works.

When you root the device, Google’s support team will no longer help you if you get stuck. If you’re worried about voiding your warranty, the Glass team also discussed the device’s debug mode, which is much safer.

Root access command for Google Glass

Google Glass Debug mode

a developer has show “Ubuntu running on Glass,””This isn’t the recommended Glass team way of building apps,” said the team.

Ubuntu running on Google Glass

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