Article by: Kevin Go, Posted on Feb 25, 2013.
Users of iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and other iPhones rejoice. Google’s futuristic “Project Glass” will reportedly support iOS devices. Of course, support includes iPads.
The internet search giant’s game-changing augmented reality [smartphone] accessory, the Google Glass, has been relentlessly generating buzz since its extravagant unveiling back in June of 2012, Joshua Topolsky of The Verge was able to test drive the interesting gizmo and has revealed something that most people have overlooked — it will actually work with Apple’s iPhone.
Since the Google Glass does not have built-in cellular radio, it will rely on your smartphone’s mobile data connection for executing cloud-based tasks by tethering via Bluetooth, yes, regardless if it is running Google’s own Android operating system or Apple’s iOS. For starters, the new iPhone 5 and other older iPhones with 3G connectivity support Bluetooth, so you can definitely use them with Google’s upcoming product.
The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about.
Topolsky also added that his Project Glass experience is “nearly identical to what the company showed off in its newest demo video. That’s not CGI…” and that “It’s clean, elegant, and makes relative sense. The screen is not disruptive, you do not feel burdened by it. It is there and then it is gone. It’s not shocking. It’s not jarring. It’s just this new thing in your field of vision. And it’s actually pretty cool.”
Given the iOS’s popularity and ‘still’ massive market share (smartphone and tablet markets), it’s not surprising to find that most of Google’s services have applications readily available for download via the iOS App Store, as a matter of fact, desktop applications such as the Google Chrome web browser and the popular basic photo-editing suite, Picasa.
Google is looking to start selling a consumer version of the Glass by the end of this year, pricing is yet to be revealed since it is still working with hardware partners to minimize costs and to further make the device smaller but reports are pointing at the sub $1,500 price point — we can already feel our pockets burning. Source: The Verge.
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