While Google Glass is already compatible with iPhone, some of its killer features — including turn-by-turn navigation and text messaging — require a companion app that’s currently only available on Android. But according to one Google employee, Glass will soon be able to offer these features no matter what device it’s connected to.
Turn-by-turn navigation is one of the key features in Google Glass, and it’s easy to see why. Ditching your sat-nav and getting directions in the corner of your eye will make navigating new cities a breeze. The only problem is, Glass doesn’t have its own GPS, and so it relies on your smartphone’s.
Until now, a companion app has acted as a middleman between Glass and an Android smartphone, adding GPS functionality, test messaging, and other features. But according to TechCrunch, that’s set to change:
This will change very soon, however, one of the Google representatives in its New York office told me when I picked up my own unit yesterday afternoon. Glass, the Google employee told me, will soon be able to handle these features independent of the device the user has paired it to (and maybe even independent of the Glass companion app).
So by the time you and I can walk into a Best Buy and pick up Google Glass like any other piece of tech, it should have no problem playing nicely with the iPhone.
TechCrunch also dispels the myth that Glass can connect to the Internet independently. In actual fact, the device relies on your smartphone’s data connection — and will require its own tethering plan — to get connected.
In the eyes of your wireless provider, Glass is just another device that uses your phone’s personal hotspot feature.
Great! Another device our carriers can charge us for.