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Information Technology: Discover Web Browsing On Google Glass

August 15, 2013 IADT General, Information Technology 0 Comments

Web Browsing On Google GlassGoogle announced new updates to the Android platform on July 1 – which included the first Web browser for Google Glass.

Before updated, Glass was compatible with applications such as Google now, Google Maps, Google+ and Gmail. Users can control Glass by using the touchpad, which is mounted on the side of the frames, and voice actions. Users can activate Glass by tilting their head upward or tapping the touchpad and saying “OK, Glass.” Once Glass has been activated, you can ask questions or say actions such as “Take a picture” or “Send a message.”

By adding Web browsing, the company hoped to make finding content and communicating hands-free even easier. But, were they successful?

Read about the pros and cons of the new browsing capabilities – and decide if Google’s latest innovations are working:

Browsing Capabilities


With the XE7 software update, wearers of Glass can search for Web results by using voice actions. Glass projects a “View Website” option, which you can select using the touchpad.

Websites are easy to navigate using the touchpad, which mimics a mouse’s movement. Samantha Murphy of Mashable reports that users can:

  • Slide your finger forward on the touchpad to scroll down on a webpage
  • Slide two fingers forward or backward to zoom
  • Hold two fingers down on the touchpad and move your head to pan
  • As you move your head around, you may tap to select the center of the screen
  • Tap links with two fingers, don’t hold

The browser is easy to navigate and may be compared to smart phone browsing capabilities.


Pete Pachel of Mashable reports that the browser is a standard Android browser, rather than a version of Google Chrome. The browser works wonderfully with mobile sites. However, other sites are harder to navigate and may look distorted.

Some sites are not even compatible with Glass – including Vimeo and DailyMotion, two video-sharing sites. (However, videos on YouTube and some news sites such as CNN.com play flawlessly.)

One of the biggest inconveniences to users is member log-in prompts and other forms that must be filled out for users to access their accounts (including Twitter and Amazon). As of right now, there is no way to fill in the form field – you can select the field, but you cannot tap in a password using the touchpad or fill it in with a voice action.

Lastly, Pachel notes that the browser on Glass does not time out. There is no way to resume a browser on Glass – but, this does mean that if you do not close the browser when you leave it, it may wear on your battery.

Interested in Google Glass? The Explorer Edition of Glass was made available to applicants earlier this year. However, Google has since closed the application and is now focusing on the beta testing phase. Glass is expected to be available to the public by 2014.

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