The power of a smartphone...on your face.
The ability to check up maps and record videos on the go with Google Glass is all well and good, but everyone is used to having an infinite number of ways to kill time at their fingertips. As it turns out, the company is working with third-party developers so that their apps will be available on the device. At a South by Southwest (SXSW) developer panel, Google revealed that it is working with the likes of the New York Times, Evernote, Skitch and Path to create apps for the device.
If users ask for some news, the New York Times app will deliver a headline, a byline, an accompanying image and the number of hours since the article in question was posted. Users will also be able to tap to have stories read aloud to them. The pair are currently testing a feature whereby notifications about new stories will flash up as they are published.
Naturally, users will be able to send e-mail on the fly as well. An email sender's image and subject line will appear on the device's screen, and users can reply by dictating their messages. Google Glass developer evangelist Timothy Jordan explained that this is only the beginning. "This is just where we started with a few friends to test the API in its early stage," he said. Whether that will be enough to start convincing people to start putting $1,500 away is unclear though.