Google Glass XE20.1 update rolling out with improved Contacts support, Nearby Events and more

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 20, 2014

Google Glass improved Contacts XE20.1 update

It’s that time once again, Google Glass wearers. Google has announced a new software update for your eyewear, and as usual I’ve got the full changelog for your perusal.

Google says that it’s now rolling out the XE20.1 update to Glass, complete with a easy way to access your contacts. Here’s what Google says that we can’t expect to find in XE20.1:

  • New and improved Contacts
    • All of your Google Contacts will be available on Glass, and up to 20 of your most recent and starred contacts will be conveniently displayed for quick and easy voice access. The rest are just a swipe away. Once you’ve selected a contact, you’ll be able to message them through Gmail, Hangouts, or SMS.
  • ‘Sup, Head nudge card
    • You’ve always been able to turn off Glass’ display with a slight nudge of your head. Now the feature has it’s own card in the Settings bundle, where you can turn it on and off. Head nudge is off by default. The Head Wake Up feature, which turns on the display with a lift of your head, needs to be enabled separately.
  • Nearby Events in Google Now
    • No plans? Not yet, at least. The Nearby Events card displays events like concerts and festivals happening near your location.
  • Currency Converter in Google Now
    • How many dollars are in a British pound? With the Google Now currency exchange card, Glass tells you the exchange rate in whatever country you’re traveling in.
  • More voice actions
    • Stay hands free. Use new voice actions during a phone call and after recording a video or taking a picture.

In order to take advantage of this update’s improved Contacts support, you’ll need MyGlass version 3.2 on Android or version 0.7.0 on iOS.

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