Google Outs Glass Specifications, Full Day Of “Typical” Use Battery Life


Google’s Glass is likely to be among the top subjects at Mountain Views upcoming I/O conference,but until then here’s a look at the specs your $1500 will buy you.

Google’s Glass will work with any bluetooth-capable phone, but the only way to use GPS and SMS with Glass will be through the MyGlass companion app, which requires Android 4.0.3+. There’s no indicators right now as to when or if Google will ship companion apps to other platforms.

Google says images on Glass should have a resolution around 640×360 pixels, or the “equivalent of a 25″ HD screen from eight feet away.” The first edition of Glass will release with a 5 megapixel camera that can capture 720p video. The device will have access to 12GB out of the available 16GB flash storage, though extra storage will be provided via Google Drive.

Google claims Glass will have enough juice to last through a full day of “typical use,” but warns that extras like Hangouts and recording video will drain the battery faster.

The coolest feature so far? The bone conduction transducer, which transmits sound from Glass to the inner ear through bones in the skull of the Glass wearer. Yup, awesome.

There’s a few run-down of specs below and while it’s likely we’ll hear more about Glass in the coming days and weeks ahead of I/O, expect Glass to play a big role next month.


  • Fit: Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face. Extra nosepads in two sizes.
  • Display: High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
  • Camera: Photos – 5 MP; Videos – 720p
  • Audio: Bone Conduction Transducer
  • Connectivity: Wifi – 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
  • Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
  • Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
  • Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
  • Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone. The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

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