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Google Glass Update Could Bring Android KitKat to Your Face

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Google Glass Explorers may be getting a significant upgrade soon. The search engine giant could be ditching its monthly update routine in favor of pushing out a larger upgrade that may bring the latest version of Android to the wearable headset.

Glass Guide Teresa Zazenski wrote in Google's private forum for Glass owners that the company is working on a future update that will bring more useful features for Explorers and developers. Matt McGee of Glass Almanac speculates that this bigger upgrade could bring KitKat to the company's wearable display, which may be the reason February's monthly update was cancelled.

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"The pace isn't changing and we're still committed to regular update for Glass-- even if they're not monthly anymore, because bigger updates just take more time," Zazenski wrote. "This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it's something we're really excited about."

Zazenski made it clear that Google won't push out the update until it's "just right," so it's unclear exactly when Explorers can expect newer software. Android 4.4 KitKat, which was introduced with the Nexus 5 in late 2013, brings a slew of enhancements to Google's mobile platform, such as smoother multitasking, support for printing directly from your mobile device, and Emoji support.

Although Google hasn't explicitly revealed what the new update will entail, numerous teases and purported leaks have shown what Glass is capable of. For instance, Google posted concept videos detailing the types of games developers can create for Glass that leverage the headset's sensors.

In October, firmware spotted by Android Police provided some insight into upcoming features we may see on Glass when it launches commercially. Command menu options mentioned in the firmware included Tune an Instrument, Check Me In, Create a 3D Model and Record a Recipe. Google recently rolled out compatibility with prescription lenses for Glass, but the company has yet to announce when we can expect a consumer launch.

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