Google Glass Now Offers True Web Browsing, More Contacts

By Cameron Scott 

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Today, Google began rolling out more functionality for Glass that includes the ability to access Web pages directly and to text or call people listed in the user’s Gmail contacts.

Before now, Glass had limited each user to 10 contacts that s/he could contact with the voice commands “Send message to …” and “Call …” To accommodate the tiny screen in the eyeglass interface, Web searches would return only Knowledge Graph, local search venue information or other small snippets of information, without giving the user access to Web pages.

“We’ve been exploring ways to let you quickly dive deeper and get exactly the information you need, right when you need it. To test it out, search for something and then tap on the “View website” screen to bring up the web page,” the company said in an update to the Project Glass page of Google+.

Once on the website, the user can scroll, zoom, pan or click using a combination of head movements and finger taps and swipes on the touch pad.

Google also added to the list of voice commands Glass recognized.