Google Releases Glass Development Kit (TechCrunch)
Google launched a sneak peek of the Glass Development Kit (GDK) on Wednesday well ahead of the yet-to-be determined Google Glass launch date.
The idea behind releasing the GDK now is to lure developers to Glass so that once the finished hardware product hits the markets, a robust app ecosystem will be set in place.
To do so, Google is tying the GDK to Android, meaning Android developers can reuse most of their old Android app’s code but optimise it for Glass with things like voice and gesture detection. That’s sure to bring in a healthy crop of developers, given that they are now starting new app projects on Android at a higher clip than for apps on iOS.
While the GDK is very much in the early stages, Google has already confirmed that a Glass app store will launch in 2014. It’s a smart first step toward realising the massive potential behind Glass as a platform and elevating it beyond an interesting piece of hardware. Read >
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