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Google Glass Explorer Edition using 2011 internals and OS

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Google Glass Explorer Edition using 2011 internals and OS
Taking a look at Google Glass Explorer Edition (XE), and especially looking at the pricetag, you would expect the device to be packing some serious internals. But, one of the developers who has gotten in on the early run of Glass has cracked it open and found that when it comes to both the hardware and software, Google Glass Explorer Edition is coming from 2011.

It turns out that the guts of Google Glass has far more in common with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus than with the Galaxy S4 or HTC One. The info comes from the same developer, Jay Lee, who was the first to "root" Glass (although he really didn't "root" anything, he just did an OEM unlock. "Rooting" implies that he did something that the OEM didn't allow, and the XE is a developer device.) 

Apparently, in addition to running 2011's Android 4.0, Google Glass is using a dual-core OMAP 4430 SoC from Texas Instruments running at an undetermined clock speed. Lee also found only 682MB of RAM, but assumes that Glass does have the 1GB that was reported, but only 682MB is available to developers. The overall idea is that the space constraints and battery life are the main factors in Google's choice of processor, and that seems reasonable. Not to mention, Glass doesn't need all that much processing power, as long as it can capture video and run Hangouts.

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posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:10 1

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I remember them talking about Google Glass back with the SG-Nexus.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:49 6

2. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

To bump up the Android version would have most probably meant a need for more powerful hardware, which might still find its way in the final (retail) version of Google Glass, that is, unless Google decides there's no need for JB for the device to run smoothly with all of its planned features and sticks to ICS-based Google Glass. But the point is, no matter which Android version it's based on, it just needs to work and do what it's supposed to do.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 17:02

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Well said.

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 00:07 1

8. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

I wouldn't count on it staying on ICS. Google NEEDS to update it to at least 4.1 in order for Google Now to work. There is a Google Now version for ICS but it isn't anywhere as good as the updated one provided by google play for JB devices.

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 05:51

9. bparkerson (unregistered)

I'm not really understanding your point. I own a Galaxy Nexus and am running Stock Android 4.2.2 all while using a very similar TI 4460 processor. Why would you say they would need a more powerful processor to run Jelly Bean? If I'm not mistaken, the Motorola Razor uses theTI 4430 while recently being bumped up to Jelly Bean.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 17:08

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Im curious what version android will run on the consumer glass version.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 19:38

5. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

OK google glass, its useless..it does look fancy but what it does for $1500 is not justified..simply get a smart phone....glass is just like SDS4's airview..totally no use..i doubt its success in market

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 22:01

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You're not looking at the big picture. Glass is supposed to fill roles that the current form factor of a smartphone is pretty poor at.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 23:46 1

7. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


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