Google Glass™

Note: The Wearable Widgets client on Glass has effectively been deprecated since Google shut down the Glass Explorer program. As far as we know, it still works, but no further development resources will be spent on it until the future of Glass is more clear.


Wearable Widgets runs as a LiveCard on Glass, meaning that it's always available to the left of the home screen. You'll be surprised just how useful it is to have a widget on Glass!

To make this happen, you’ll need a Wearable Widgets app on both your Glass and the Android phone that it’s paired with. Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Install the phone app from Google Play by clicking the link and pressing the green Install button you’ll find there.
  2. We’ve submitted our Glassware to Google for inclusion in the MyGlass directory, but it has not yet been approved. So for the time being, you’ll need to enable direct loading of apps onto your Glass:
    1. Swipe left to Settings, and tap to open
    2. Swipe right to Device info, and tap to open
    3. Swipe right to Turn on debug, and tap to activate
    4. Plug your Glass into a USB port on your computer
  3. After doing that, the easiest way to install our Glassware is through our listing at MarketForGlass.com. Just follow that link, hit the correct button to download the installer to your computer, and it'll load the app onto your Glass.
    Advanced users: If you're comfortable with sideloading through ADB, you can skip the installer and download the WidgetsForGlass APK directly from here.

When you have both pieces installed, you invoke it with "OK Glass… Show me a widget", and the widget you've configured on your phone will be displayed on your Glass. You can interact with the widget by tapping on it, then selecting Tap & Swipe: select your tap point by moving your head, and if the widget supports scrolling, you can do so with a standard Glass forward or backward swipe.

Multiple Widgets on Glass

Unfortunately, we've had to remove multiple widget support on Glass from version 4.1 (and higher) of Wearable Widgets. Google has conveyed to us that charging for this upgrade is in violation of the official Glass Platform Developer Policies, which state:

You may not charge end users any fees or collect any payments in order to download or access your Glassware, or in connection with virtual goods or functionality of your Glassware.

Charging a small fee for using additional widgets is how we've financed the development of this app, and it isn't fair to users of other wearables to charge them while giving the same functionality away to Glass users for free, so we saw no option but to disable it. We're sincerely sorry that this limitation is necessary, and will definitely revisit it if Google changes their terms in the future.

In the meanwhile, if you purchased the multiple-widget upgrade for use on Glass, please email us and we'll happily issue you a full refund.

Uninstalling

If you want to remove Wearable Widgets from your Glass, for now you'll also use ADB, the same tool used to sideload it in the first place. The command you'll need is:

adb uninstall com.wearablewidgets.glass

After our app is approved by Google, this low-level approach will no longer be necessary – you'll be able to manage it Wearable Widgets from your MyGlass console on PC or phone.

Update History

Because our Glassware component is separate from our main Android app, it has its own release schedule. The following table lists the updates that it's had.

Version Date Summary of Changes
1.1 8 Jun 2014
  • Improve conformance with Glassware UI guidelines:
    • Change voice activation trigger to “Show me a widget”
    • Tweak formatting of text cards
1.0 1 Jun 2014
  • Multiple widget support
0.7 17 Apr 2014
  • Update for compatibility with Glass system version XE16 (Kitkat)
0.6 9 Apr 2014
  • Tap & Swipe support (requires v0.9 of phone app)
  • Remove "Open" action
  • Improve display timeout (wakelock)
  • Change progress indicator to Glass standard
0.5 1 Apr 2014
  • Change "Show on phone" to "Open" (and change icon) to conform with Android Wear
  • Fix bug: "Show widgets" doesn't work if app already running
  • Fix crash if Bluetooth is turned off while app is open
  • Make image margins optional. NOTE: this entailed moving them to the phone app, so you'll need to upgrade to v0.7 of WW there
0.4 18 Mar 2014
  • Required for connection to phone app v0.5
  • Add a Refresh action
  • Improve LiveCard formatting & icon
  • Improve wakelock (should now remain awake for 10 seconds after requesting an update)
0.3 11 Mar 2014
  • Add secondary message to "Connecting…" screen
  • Add error message when widget not configured on phone
0.2 4 Mar 2014
  • Add progress spinner when loading new widget image
  • Keep display on when widget loading, and for a few seconds after
0.1 4 Mar 2014
  • Initial beta release