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Google Glass App for iOS Debuts, This Time for Real

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The app for managing and connecting to Google Glass finally launched on iOS this week, only to be pulled from the App Store shortly afterward. Now it appears Google has worked out the problems with MyGlass, and it’s available for download.

MyGlass for iOS is a little different from the Android version. Whereas on Android, the app lets you pair with the headset so the phone can serve as Glass’ connection to the Internet — even without a tethering plan — on iOS the app is almost purely a device manager. It lets you set up Glass and install new software (aka Glassware), but pairing is still handled through the iPhone’s or iPad’s settings.

Included in the iOS app, however, is the extremely useful screencast feature, which mirrors the Glass display onto your phone. You don’t even need to pair with Glass with your phone; as long as the two devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can screencast.

he lack of built-in tethering is bummer (likely a requirement from Apple), although it works well for what it does. But I successfully screencasted, sent a message and made a call through Glass, and I could browse the apps installed as well as install new Glassware at any time through the app (as long as the headset was also connected via Wi-Fi since I wasn’t tethering through the iPhone).

MyGlass will run on any iOS device running iOS 7 or later, although Google says it’s optimized for the iPhone 5.

By: Pete Pachal

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