Google Glass has announced the XE11 update to their augmented reality glasses and like all the previous updates, they have added a little bit of their own ideas and a few popular requests from Explorers who are beta testing the glasses.
The biggest update is easy commuting, allowing the user to add their location for work and home and make it easier to commute between the two everyday. Google Maps will use traffic and other constant updates to give the user the best route on car and public transport.
Google has also added simpler calendar integration, saying “Ok glass, google my agenda” will open up the calendar for today and show all meetings, appointments and notable activities. Google has become more reliant on email and other set dates, instead of making the user implement every appointment in the calendar.
The new XE11 update adds a new tutorial for new Explorers grabbing their first Google Glass. It is a comprehensive tutorial on most of the key features users should try out first on Glass, including syncing with a mobile device and utilising Google services.
This update seems to be all about streamlining services and making Google Glass more useful for day-to-day activities. Pulling up the calendar and grabbing map locations and quicker routes is much needed for Google wants this device to become the new consumption tool.
Google has still not announced any sort of public reveals for the next version of Google Glass. We recently got a new updated version of Google Glass’ hardware, with a mono-headphone for improved call quality – this will be shipped out to all Explorers by the end of the year.