Google Glass adds SMS capability for iPhones

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 6 years ago

Today, Google made the $1500 price tag for its Google Glass just a little more attractive to iPhone users, with the announcement that they can soon have their text messages displayed on Glass.

“Now that we’ve finished upgrading your Glass software to Android KitKat, we plan to bring you faster updates,” said Google’s official statement.  “We’ve got a few new goodies coming later this week.”

Chief among those goodies is the SMS messaging for iOS. Once their iPhones receive the update – in the next few days reportedly – users can start getting texts on their Glass by going to their Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for their paired Glass. Subsequently, when the phone receives a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass.  Unfortunately, iPhone uses still will be unable to reply to texts from Glass, due to limitations with iOS.

In addition to the new SMS functionality, Google is adding a new Calendar Glassware that situates an agenda to the left of the home screen. Users can tap a calendar card from their timeline to access an event, and change the title, time, location, and RSVP as well as delete the event or dismiss it from their timeline.

These updates come only a week after Google pushed out a massive software update that lets Glass run the newest version of Android. Thanks to this switch over to Kit Kat, Glass can now organize photos in bundles, allow for photo replies in Google Hangouts, and sort voice commands to put the most-used ones at the top, among other things.