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Google Glass update unlocks web browser and new voice commands

Google has once again improved the feature set of its Google Glass specs with a new firmware update published today.

Those ‘Explorers’ already testing the device can now access Glass’ previously locked-web browser, and utilise more voice commands than before.

“It’s time for your Glass to get a little more awesome, again. Last month we improved the camera. This month we’re powering up the voice experience, taking our first steps on the web and helping you communicate better with the people you care about,” the company posted on the Project Glass Google page.

The upgrade allows users to browse to a favourite webpage by saying “Load webpage” and then use the Google Glass touchpad to navigate around.  

The company says users can scroll by sliding their finger forward and zoom by sliding two fingers backward or forward, while clicking allows them to navigate to new pages.

Perhaps most interestingly, they’ll be able to pan around a page by placing two stationary fingers on the touchpad and moving their head from side to side.

Beyond the web browser, Google Glass wearers can now ask the device to read messages aloud, answer phone calls and share photos all through voice commands.

Users can also messages or make phone calls to any of their Gmail contacts rather than just a pre-selected top 10.

The firmware update is rolling out today so for those lucky enough to have their paws on the pre-release explorer version of the device should be able to update as of right now.

Via Engadget

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