Recently, Google updated Glass to version XE7 and with it came some hidden gems that could reveal a little more about Google’s plans for the platform in the future. We’ve heard the term “Glassware” bandied around before now but, there’s been no mention of a central repository for one to acquire these apps but, with the recent update there seems to be a hint lying underneath. The name “Boutique” has been found in the XE7 update after it was torn apart and it’s believed that this is where Glass-wearers will be able to download Glassware. Glassware and APKs could be synced to the device in a manner akin to that of the Play Store on the web.
As well as the Boutique hint there are the foundations of what could be a video player and a new lock screen that would unlock with a swipe – right now that’s done through an unofficial app. Glass is still very much in its infancy and so it’s good to see Google adapting to feedback and including more and more in the system builds.
Back to the Boutique and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Google want to distance this device – at least from a brand perspective – away from Android and the Play Store. Certainly, I’d feel a lot safer downloading an app for Glass from a separate store ran just for Glass, rather than from the Play Store. Also, adding a Glassware section to the Play Store would make things increasingly messy for Google, as these apps would presumably have to be governed with stricter privacy rules and a whole new permissions policy.
If anything, it’s good to see Google move on and come even closer to having all the requisite pieces in place for a full retail launch, which may or may not be this year. I think we’re all just hoping however, that the $1,500 price tag shrinks a little bit before launch.