Google Glass Explorers are getting a much-needed update that brings more of their personal contacts within reach.
Users will be able to scroll through their entire address books, and can use voice commands to reach 20 of their most recent and starred contacts. The update also lets users choose between Hangouts, email and SMS whenever they tap on a contact--this instead of having to choose a default method.
Contact management used to be more of a hassle. You had to open the MyGlass smartphone app or visit the MyGlass Website, press an "add a contact card" button and type in the name of each contact. With the update, users can just scroll through their phone's existing contacts app and use the star button to mark their favorites.
Still, the new messaging U.I. isn't as seamless as Android Wear's, which lets users reach anyone in their address books by voice--no scrolling required. Perhaps that's something Google can work on as it brings its two wearable platforms closer in line. (Google has already promised to bring Android Wear notifications to Glass in the future.)
Google says Android users should soon get the update automatically, while iOS users will get it through the MyGlass app in a week or so.
There's still no word on when a finished version of Glass will go on sale, though the $1,500 Explorer edition is now available to anyone in the United States.