By Alexandra Burlacu | May 06, 2013 09:23 AM EDT
Google Glass generated a lot of hype recently, and now it seems the futuristic eyewear is about to get more Apple-friendly.
For now, users who want to use text messaging and navigation on Google Glass have to pair it with an Android phone and install the Glass Companion app on their handsets. The iPhone currently doesn't have such an option, but this will likely change very soon.
According to TechCrunch, who spoke to one of the Google representatives in its New York office, Google Glass will soon be able to perform these features regardless of the device to which the user connects it. In other words, it will no longer keep all the goodies for Android. Who knows, maybe in the future it will even be independent of the Glass companion app.
Currently, Google Glass will work with any iPhone over a Bluetooth connection or use any available Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet. iPhone users, however, cannot get turn-by-turn directions through Glass, and that's one of the best features. Such directions cannot only prove useful while driving through a new city, but they also boast the strength of location-based apps on Google Glass. Without proper iPhone support, users who ask the software for directions while connected to an iPhone will get nothing.
Google Glass is not independently connected to the Internet; it goes online if Glass users have a tethering plan for their phones. For the wireless provider, Google Glass is simply another device grabbing a bite of the phone's personal hotspot feature. As TechCrunch notes, this means that Google Glass should not depend on an app running on the user's phone. Consequently, Google could lift the initial restriction of making SMS and navigation available only with the Glass companion app.
Google Glass has a built-in compass of its own, but it doesn't have a GPS receiver, which makes it dependent on the phone to draw location data. The good news is that this seems just a function of the beta state of the gadget. While Glass can't currently connect to the GPS receiver in the iPhone, it may soon work with any device used to connect to the Internet.
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