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What is Android ?

The word Android originally means Human Robot.

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But here what we are going to see is Android the Mobile OS that is ruling the world now. So Android basically is an operating system like windows xp, windows 7, Ubuntu, Fedora and many other.

Android is open source. So developers are all around world are always up to improving the OS for a better performance. So Android always comes up with new and latest features compared to other OS available in the market.

Android project started by an individual and then later bought by Google and now it is developed in a large scale.

Operating system is free and updates are also given out as free. After Google acquired the Android, Google services are also connected with android which enhanced the features and power of the devices.

Google is constantly working on new versions of the Android software. These releases are infrequent; at the moment they normally come out every six months or so, but Google is looking to slow this down to once a year.

Versions usually come with a numerical code and a name that’s so far been themed after sweets and desserts, running in alphabetical order.

  • Android 1.5 Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: The first OS to run on smartphones and tablet
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Android is developed using a slightly customized JAVA also known as Android. The lower level architecture works on Linux.

Eclipse with ADT plugin and Android Studio are used as tools to develop apps for Android Phones.

To know about Android you can visit – http://www.android.com/
To know about Android development you can visit – http://developer.android.com/index.html

What is a Google Glass

Google-Glass

Google Glass (styled “GLΛSS”) is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. The computer in the glass is running an Android OS (Android 4.0.4)Google Glass displays information in a web card format just like Google Now Cards , that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands, which are more advance than the current Voice to Text feature.Glass is being developed by Google x, which has worked on other futuristic technologies such as driverless cars. The project was announced on Google+ by Project Glass lead Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a product manager and “geolocation specialist”; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the self-driving car project.
Thad Starner, an augmented reality expert, is a technical lead/manager on the project.

The glass is mainly used to display information to the user. And not intended to handle heavy jobs like gaming. Because battery and the safety of the eye is most important aspect to care about.

glass camera

This kind of  a view will be displayed on the right hand top corner of the glass. This view is captured when the video record mode is active.

augmented reality computer

Some cross structure of the device and what it can do…!

This is how the Google Glass Menu look like?

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How to work with google glass menu?

All you have to do is say, “Ok Glass”. And you get the above shown command menu

How you go about selecting a particular menu item?

Now what you have to say is one of the following:

  • ok glass, google …
  • ok glass, take a picture
  • ok glass, record a video
  • ok glass, get directions to…
  • ok glass, start a hangout…
  • ok glass,send a message to…

With latest version more commands will be available[2]

Hardware

Camera

Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While video is recording, a recording light is displayed above the eye, which is unnoticeable to the wearer.

Touchpad

A man controls Google Glass using the touchpad built into the side of the device
The side of Google Glass is a touchpad, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen.
Technical specifications

For the developer Explorer units:

Android 4.0.4 and higher

No official information about display resolution, 640×360 suggested, as it is recommended for app developers

  •     5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
  •     Wi-Fi 802.911b/g    Bluetooth
  •     16GB storage (120 GB available)
  •     Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
  •     682MB RAM .
  •     3 axis gyroscope
  •     3 axis accelerometer
  •     3 axis Magnetometer (compass)
  •     Ambient Light sensing and Proximity sensor [1]

Lookout for the next post where Ill be writing about google glass on a programers view. With some Hands On Fun stuffs…!
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References
[1]http://deepakcristiano.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-is-google-glass.html
[2]http://vitalflux.com/tag/google-glass-2/page/2/