If you happen to still own a Google Glass unit, yesterday’s mysterious update of the MyGlass companion app might have had you thinking about dusting off the headset to see if it could still hold a charge… If you could ever really say Glass held a charge. In possibly the biggest tease (or troll) for Glass owners, today brings an even bigger surprise: New firmware. Yes, if you leave Glass connected to the Internet for a little while, it should download and install the brand new XE23 update.
Google posted release notes to go alongside the new release. Only two items were listed, one of which being the all too familiar “bug fixes and performance improvements” line. However, the other line calls for the addition of support for Bluetooth input devices. This might sound like old news since many people have used keyboards with Glass in the past, but it necessitated a third party app to manage your Bluetooth connections. The new firmware includes a built-in manager for pairing and forgetting wireless hardware.
As you can see from the screens, setup is pretty straight forward and works like it would with any Android device. Keyboard input is fast and inexplicably fun to use. Left and right arrow keys work like swipes back and forth (respectively), the Enter key works like a tap, and Escape is mapped to a swipe down, even turning off the display in the main row of cards. Unfortunately, the arrow keys don’t work consistently throughout the interface; they’re flawless in the Settings section and on context menus, but tend to get hung up on the primary row of cards and don’t operate at all in apps like Hangouts (except in the context menu). Unfortunately, the rest of the keys are basically useless because the Glass interface doesn’t use