Google launches Glass Dev Kit preview

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Placed on 20 November 2013

Google launched the Glass Development Kit (GDK) "Sneak Preview," which will finally allow developers to make real, native apps for Google Glass. While there have previously been extremely limited Glass apps that used the Mirror API, developers now have full access to the hardware.

Google Glass runs a heavily skinned version of Android 4.0.4, so Glass development is very similar to Android development. The GDK is downloaded through the Android SDK Manager, and Glass is just another target device in the Eclipse plugin. Developers have access to the Glass voice recognition within their app as an intent, but it looks like only Google can add "OK, Glass" commands to the main voice menu. Apps can be totally offline and can do all their processing on Glass. They can also support background events and have full access to the camera and other hardware.

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