No Glass update for February

No Glass update for February
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Many Glass Explorers, myself included, have been anxiously waiting for an update to Glass's OS. In the past, updates occurred monthly and often included new features and fixes for the Explorer community to test and give feedback on. However, Google took a month off in January and we didn't see an update to Glass. Today, Teresa Zazenski from the Glass Team posted to the private Glass Community that there won't be an update for February either.

From Teresa Zazenski from the Glass Team via the private Glass Community.


OK, before you read any further, make sure you’re sitting down. Are you sitting down now? Good.

We know that a lot of you have been patiently waiting for the next release. In fact, your excitement and anticipation for our upcoming releases always pushes us to come up with something that’s worth the wait. It needs to be good. And what we had planned for February just isn’t ready for primetime yet. So... we’ve decided to hold off for now.

[Go ahead, feel free to take a moment of silence to honor the fallen updates.]

I know this might be a disappointment to some of you. But it’s all part of the Explorer program. We’re trying a lot of things. Most of them work out great, and some of them need a little more polish. In this case, we’d rather wait to get it right, than release something that isn’t up to snuff.

Now the good news. We’re still moving extremely quickly. Since the first Explorers got their Glass less than a year ago, we’ve already been through eight updates – nine if you count last year’s hardware revision. The pace isn’t changing and we're still committed to regular updates for Glass – even if they’re not monthly anymore, because bigger updates just take more time. In fact, we’re working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich to Kit Kat to make the Glass experience smoother and just plain better. This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it’s something we’re really excited about. Developers, we know you’re gonna be excited, too. But it’s also something that we don’t want to send to you all until it’s just right. (We did flip on sharing to Google+ communities, which was originally slated for this month’s updates – and something we know you’ve been waiting for.)

Now off we go to bake a little more awesome into the sauce.

The wait is understandable given that the Glass Team is working to bring Glass from Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Android Kit Kat. Whenever the update ships, it looks like it is shaping up to be the biggest software update to Glass yet.