Google has just made a couple of key announcements in its Developing for Glass session at Google IO. For starters, developers will be happy to know that the Glass Developer Kit — otherwise known as the GDK — has been officially announced. The GDK will come with an updated Mirror API set. Currently, developers are only able to develop apps with online access. All of that is changing.
Developers will soon be able to develop apps that can function completely independent of an internet connection, and they’ll be able to get direct access to the device’s various hardware features. This will open up many more possibilities for developers, some of which they’ll be sure to learn about in more detailed Glass sessions taking place today and tomorrow.
With that, it’s also been revealed that some new apps (or Glassware) for Google Glass are coming. A couple of those apps, CNN and Twitter, are already available — Glass users can head here to give them a shot. Facebook, Evernote, CNN, Elle, and Tumblr have also just gone live for Glass during the past few minutes.
It’s hard to imagine exactly how these apps work without Glass sitting on your own nose, but perhaps these screenshots will give you a better idea of what to expect. Stay tuned to Phandroid as we continue to comb the Google IO trail for more exciting updates and announcements.