The latest software update for Google Glass brought a few new features to the wearable last week, but there’s more than meets the eye: More than a dozen references to new commands are hidden in the code. There’s no guarantee Google will fully develop them of course, but if it does, Glass will become a more powerful personal assistant and gain more voice control functions. And that could even have an impact on Google’s rumored smartwatch.
Android Police dug through the code of what Google calls the XE10 software update for Glass and found these commands mentioned in the GlassVoice.apk file:
Add a Calendar Event; Call Me a Car; Capture a Panorama; Check Me In; Create a 3D Model;Find a Recipe; Learn a Song; Play a Game; Play Music; Record a Recipe; Remind Me To…; Show a Compass; Start a Bike Ride; Start a Round of Golf; Start a Run; Start a Stopwatch; Start a Timer; Translate This; Tune an Instrument.
Also in the code are hints at remote music control and playback — say from Glass to a connected phone — and potential new winking features. But more intriguing to me is the wider range of voice commands. Google Glass is pretty good at what it currently does, however, those abilities are still fairly limited. It appears that Google is evaluating what types of native activities Glass users will want to use in the future.
That leads me to wonder about the related impact on a potential Google smartwatch. Recent rumors pointed to my desire to have a watch built around Google Now a near-term possibility. Google could re-use or re-purpose Google Now to be the focal point of not just Glass but also a watch, so why couldn’t it do so with other Glass software parts?
My thought is that much of the Google Glass interface and output will carry over to any Google smartwatch. Both devices have a relatively small screen as well and Google’s card UI would fit on both. Assuming I’m correct, many of these same voice commands hidden in Glass could find their way to the wrist.
Perhaps the visual ones would be excluded: I wouldn’t want to create a 3D model using a camera on my smartwatch, for example. Check-ins at locations, reminding me to do something or adding calendar events without pulling out the phone, though? These would translate to value-added activities on a connected watch that few competing devices do today.