Someone's Managed to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Google Glass

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Google Glass may have been pulled last year, but it’s far from dead. The high-tech eyewear still has a wide fanbase, with users determined to help the device reach its full potential. One such fan has managed to install a build of Android 4.4 KitKat on his Google Glass, and he’s promised to release the source code in the near future.

Reddit user jxtdriggers’ creation is most definitely a work in progress -- most navigation is currently done with Glass tethered to a computer and the touchpad and touchscreen seem to interchange at will -- but he’s slowly ironing out the issues.

“I’ll upload the source when I’m comfortable with the functionality,” he wrote. “It has a few rather amusing bugs, which may or may not be intended. The touchpad acts as if it is the touchscreen itself, like if you drag from top to bottom then you are opening the notification drawer. The bone conducting speaker acts like the left speaker in a stereo setup and hooking up the USB earbud outputs the right side, while disabling the left.”

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It’s an exciting hack, and jxtdriggers says he’s already got his sights on squeezing Marshmallow onto his device. The latest Android software should provide improved battery life and snappier performance. Hopefully he doesn't accidentally sit on his eyepiece before completing his mission. [9to5Google, Reddit]