The XE11 update for Google Glass brought many great changes, but there’s a little something extra we didn’t know about — Google Play Music support! It doesn’t seem to be something Google’s officially announcing just yet, but if you sideload the Google Play Music APK you will have access to several Glass-specific commands that can be used to control music playback.
To activate music controls, say “OK Glass, listen to,” then say the name of the artist, playlist, album or song name. A card pops up with results, and you can then choose what you want to listen to. We’ve also noticed there’s a new card that stays pinned for music controls, allowing you to Play, Stop, Skip, Rewind, control volume and start radio play using the device’s touchpad.
Need help on how to sideload the .APK? Look no further:
- Download the latest Google Play Music APK here.
- Go to Glass Settings > Device Info and turn on debug mode. Connect Glass to your computer.
- Using the Android SDK, issue the command “adb install FILENAME.APK“, where “FILENAME” is the APK’s actual filename on your computer.
- Enjoy the tunes!
Music playback is carried out on the actual Glass unit, so things might not sound great through the bone conduction speaker. It might sound nicer on the latest hardware revision that includes an audio earbud, but Google has yet to begin issuing those upgrades.
Google hasn’t made the announcement official yet, but this peculiar Google+ post by Googler Stephen Lau suggests they’ll be making that announcement at some point in the near future. It’s great to be able to get an early heads-up on stuff like this. Have at it!