[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]With most of the Google Glass talk in the media centering around the wearable’s recording capabilities, it can be easy to forget that Glass is more than just a camera that you wear on your head. Much more. Glass offers a multitude of functions, from the extremely pragmatic to the just plain fun. Let’s take a look at the apps currently available on Glass and what they bring to the table.

Before we dive in, a quick note: there are many apps that have not been approved (yet, at least) by Google that you are able to sideload on Glass. Here we will just be focusing, however, on those officially available from the MyGlass site/app. If you have a favorite sideloaded app that you think is worth others checking out, let us know in the comments![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Glassware Current Apps[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The above image shows every app currently officially available on Glass. Of these apps, formally known as Glassware, twelve were created by Google, with the remaining thirty-six coming from outside developers. First we’ll have a look at the Google-made Glassware.

For me, as someone heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, these apps form the core of the Glass experience. With the Gmail app, incoming mail is sent to Glass. If you have Priority Inbox enabled in Gmail, only those messages deemed important by Google’s algorithms will be sent to your device. When you receive an email on Glass, you then have the option to reply, archive, read aloud, star, or delete the message.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Glassware Hangouts

Hangouts on Glass

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Hangouts messages can also be directed to Glass with the Hangouts Glassware. Unfortunately, Hangouts video calling has been removed for the time being while the Glass team works to refine the experience, but they have stated that it will make a return at some point. The Google+ app allows for sharing to Google’s social network, while Google Play Music lets you access your music library from Glass. The Play Music Glassware could use a bit of work, but if you are a heavy user of the service, you will definitely appreciate its presence.

Google Now on Glass, as on other Android devices, delivers useful and timely information without any prompting from the user. The Google Now cards live to the left of the main “ok glass” screen, and may include info on stocks, nearby places, sports, weather, birthdays, and more. Google Now is one of Google’s most useful products, and having access to it on Glass helps make for a great experience.

Google Calendar, which formerly appeared on Glass as part of the Google Now Glassware, was separated recently into its own app, bringing with it more ways to interact with your calendar from the device. You can now edit and delete calendar entries, but you still can not create new entries directly from Glass. Hopefully that functionality will be added at some point in the future.

Other Glassware from Google includes: Field Trip (from the internal startup Niantic Labs, the developers of Ingress), which alerts you to nearby places of interest; a YouTube app for publishing videos to YouTube directly from Glass; a suite of Mini Games designed to give developers ideas of how games might be controlled with the device; and simple but useful Stopwatch, Timer and Compass apps.

As for the thirty-six non-Google apps available, some – such as GolfSight, Elle, Marketing Land, and Jewish Guide for Glass – may only be of interest to certain subsets of the population, while others are more universally useful.

With IFTTT, a service that lets you connect and automate your internet connected devices using simple if/then statements, you can send notifications to Glass from a variety of sources. I do hope to see further possibilities with IFTTT and Glass beyond just receiving notifications (imagine, for instance, having your front door unlock by pointing the camera on Glass at your internet-connected door handle), but it’s a good start.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Glassware Allthecooks

Allthecooks Recipes Glassware

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The cook in your household will love the Allthecooks Recipes and KitchMe Glassware, which both serve up recipes to Glass. Not looking to cook tonight? No problem, you can make dinner reservations right from Glass with OpenTable. To help keep fit after that meal, you have LynxFit, Strava Run, and Strava Cycling to help you through your exercise routine.

And these are only the beginning. Developers have thus far only scratched the surface of what a device like Glass is truly capable of. We’re going to see some pretty wild new types of applications appearing over the coming months and years. With new Glassware being approved by Google and added to the MyGlass site/app regularly, I for one can’t wait to see what comes next!

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About the author

Chris Foote

Singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Grand Rapids, MI based band, Ars Nova. Google Glass Explorer. Google Helpouts guitar lesson provider. Photographer. Transhumanist. Technology enthusiast. Enlightened Ingresser.