Google Glass Will Soon Add Text and Navigation Support for iPhone Users

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GlassGoogle Glass will soon gain stronger interoperability with iPhones, allowing iPhone-owning Glass wearers to access text messages and navigation on the device. Currently, only Android phone users can access navigation and texts on Glass via a special companion app.

Google Glass pulls data from the iPhone's cellular connection via Bluetooth tethering, but until now a number of Glass functions were limited.

While Glass will happily work with any iPhone over Bluetooth or use any Wi-Fi connection to get online, iPhone users are currently unable to get turn-by-turn directions through Glass – one of its killer features. Those direction are pretty useful while you are navigating a new city and they do show off the power of location-based apps on Glass, but the software will currently balk if you ask it to give you directions while it’s connected to an iPhone.

The $1,500 Google Glass is currently limited to a select few users but is expected to ship next year at a significantly reduced price.

Top Rated Comments

Drunken Master Avatar
101 months ago
Yo dawg, I heard you like to iPhone while you Glass so I put an iPhone on your Glass so you can iPhone while you Glass.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dBeats Avatar
101 months ago
Please make these illegal while driving. I get sick to stomach thinking about people driving and getting texts that flash at them in the exact spot you need to check before making a left turn into oncoming traffic. Shivers. Yes, I'm also a motorcyclist.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
101 months ago

I can't wait for this to fail in a spectacular way. Nobody wants to talk to someone who may or may not be paying more attention to text messages beamed onto his retina. Add in the possibility of archiving video of every conversation and the societal backlash will be brutal.


I would never "wait for anything to" fail. Decca told the Beatles in 1962 guitars groups were on the way out. HP told Wozniak computers were not for the home. The brass at Xerox laughed at the idea of a "mouse" for a computer.

Sit back and see what happens, because nobody has a ********* clue.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rGiskard Avatar
101 months ago
I can't wait for this to fail in a spectacular way. Nobody wants to talk to someone who may or may not be paying more attention to text messages beamed onto his retina. Add in the possibility of archiving video of every conversation and the societal backlash will be brutal.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Parasprite Avatar
101 months ago
I'm still baffled that this is really being sold.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laflores Avatar
101 months ago

So if you don't have a tethering plan, no soup for you?


You don't need any tethering plan for using Bluetooth...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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