When the XE12 update to Glass rolled out in December it came with the announcement that there would be no following update in January, ever since then Glass Explorers have been patiently waiting for their update coming this month. Well some recent developments tell us that isn’t going to happen, but for good reason. Late yesterday there was a post in the private Glass Community forum that explained that the XE14 update would miss its February deadline due to it not being ready for release. Why? Because this update is big and significant, Glass Explorers will be jumping from old Ice Cream Sandwich straight to KitKat. This is huge news and will be a huge step up in performance and battery life for Glass because of Project Butter and Project Svelte included in KitKat. This update will also bring with it Bluetooth Low Energy, OpenGL ES 3.0, better security, and a richer API.
The post on the Glass Community forum also went on to say that despite such a significant update the Glass team still intends to maintain regular updates to Glass but the monthly schedule might go away due to more ambitious goals. Unfortunately the post came without a release date for the XE14 update but we hope to see it before the end of next month. Here is the actual post that was posted in the Glass Community forum:
The February Update
02-28-2014 05:19 PM
OK, before you read any further, make sure you’re sitting down. Are you sitting down now? Good.
We know that a lot of you have been patiently waiting for the next release. In fact, your excitement and anticipation for our upcoming releases always pushes us to come up with something that’s worth the wait. It needs to be good. And what we had planned for February just isn’t ready for primetime yet. So… we’ve decided to hold off for now.
[Go ahead, feel free to take a moment of silence to honor the fallen updates.]
I know this might be a disappointment to some of you. But it’s all part of the Explorer program. We’re trying a lot of things. Most of them work out great, and some of them need a little more polish. In this case, we’d rather wait to get it right, than release something that isn’t up to snuff.
Now the good news. We’re still moving extremely quickly. Since the first Explorers got their Glass less than a year ago, we’ve already been through eight updates – nine if you count last year’s hardware revision. The pace isn’t changing and we’re still committed to regular updates for Glass – even if they’re not monthly anymore, because bigger updates just take more time. In fact, we’re working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich to Kit Kat to make the Glass experience smoother and just plain better. This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it’s something we’re really excited about. Developers, we know you’re gonna be excited, too. But it’s also something that we don’t want to send to you all until it’s just right. (We did flip on sharing to Google+ communities, which was originally slated for this month’s updates – and something we know you’ve been waiting for.)
I am personally not a Glass Explorer but I am very glad to see the Glass team still putting in the time and effort to make Glass great and improve it in as many ways possible. I hope to see many more updates to Glass and maybe one day soon a mainstream release.
Source | Glass Community forum
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