According to Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch, Google Glass is primed to become more compatible with the iPhone. Presently, iPhone users are unable to use SMS or navigation features on Google Glass, whereas Android users have been able to pair Glass with their phones after installing the Glass Companion app. Lardinois apparently gleaned this information from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) representatives in New York when he went to pick up his device yesterday afternoon. He was told that Glass would allow for messaging and navigation independent of the device it was paired to and likely without the Glass Companion app. While the representative suggested this would happen “soon”, soon was not defined.
Mr. Lardinois in his piece today, remarked that one of his favorite features (he’s only had his “Glasses” for a day) was the turn -by -turn directions which he described as “killer.” Though killer, they remain unavailable to iPhone users at present. iPhone users are able to connect their Glass to their phone by Bluetooth to enjoy other features. While Glass is equipped with a compass, it has no packaged GPS or wireless connectivity itself. It/they (I haven’t decided yet in all my writing on Google Glass) is/are required to tether themselves to another device for navigation and connectivity.
I don’t think its a matter of “if” Glass will someday have both independent GPS and internet connectivity but “when.” It’s all a bit of a moot point though anyways. I’m comfortable saying that “everyone” who presently is in possession of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass is also in possession of a smartphone with tethering capabilities. Since most owners are either developers or journalists, it just wouldn’t make sense to have one without the other. Additionally, outside of draining the battery on your phone, a little tether never hurt anyone.
I’m presently still in the process of waiting for my Glass so I can continue to keep you up to date with developments and new features. Hopefully, by the time they have arrived here in Guatemala (not for release, but my “pair” coming from the States) I will be free to receive navigation and messaging through my iPhone.