How to Run Google Glass on Android device

You must be aware of Google Glass now that a lot has been said about it. How about getting to experience it’s OS on your android device? Sure you would want to try this. No matter what you think about Google Glass a little bit of curiosity is always there about how it works? You can’t help yourself knowing about what the interface is like? How can you navigate from app to app and page to page? May be after reading this you will thank this post which is going to show a way for Android users to run what amounts to the Google Glass OS on their Android Device.

It particularly seems that some developers looked deep into the Google Glass OS, took a dump and repacked the important parts of the OS into APK files, which is a file format for Android apps. You just need to install three APK files to get the new launcher on your Android device called Glass Home.

After launching the Glass Home, you will now be able to see the same UI Glass as users see it. You can now give the ‘OK’ Glass command to awake the app and will be able to start giving voice commands. At the time of testing it the testers were able to search on Google some random stuff, including images of lets see, peacock and the results were either displayed(in case of images) or read back to the testers(non-image queries). You can also take a photo but the problem is that you cannot do anything else with it after it’s been clicked.

You also won’t be able to get directions, to use this feature touchpad interaction is needed to proceed after the warning. You also won’t be able to place a call unless you have an official Glass account to add contacts to. While installing APK files from a third party, you need to play with extra caution as it can prove damaging to your device and may be to the information on your device. So, I request you to please download and then proceed with caution.

Some changes were made to APKs during the build process, to see the information regarding the changes made you will need to head over to Xenologer GitHub page. You can also get the APKs here if you decided to download and install them. To say so, it’s limited but it perfectly gives a basic idea of what Google Glass looks and feels like.

A friend of mine tested it on Nexus 4 and another friend had confirmed that it works using it on a Note II. The results may vary according to the android device you use. But I request you to please spare some time and comment here about your experience while you try to do this and also share your opinions on the same.

To uninstall the Glass app you need to uninstall all the three APKs you downloaded. Just go to Settings>Apps>Downloads.

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