Google Glass wearers who also use an iPhone will get a convenient update later this week.
As per a new post on the Google+ page for the device, the update will let iPhone users see text messages directly on Glass — without having to take the phone out of their pocket first. In Google’s words:
iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get texts from your friends on Glass. Get started by going to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS. (Android fans, don’t feel left out – you’ve got SMS on Glass already.)
The “read only” aspect is somewhat annoying, since it stops you from carrying out a whole text conversation on the move, but owes to Apple’s stringent API limitations.
Still, the fact that this is happening at all might suggest that the cold war between Google and Apple may be thawing.
The new Glass update will additionally add a Calendar Glassware feature.
Note that Google Glass users who want to interact with iOS devices will need to first download the free MyGlass for iOS app from the App Store.