10 brilliant ideas Apple should steal from Google Glass

Google Glass is an amazing (if slightly weird) device. Here are the 10 best ideas from Google Glass that Apple should put into the iWatch

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  • 1 Google Now Google Now
  • 2 Upload Online Auto photo upload
  • 3 Web Based Interface Cloud settings
  • 4 Remote Apps in Glass Online app install
  • 5 Surreptitious Photography Natural photography
  • 6 Voice Interaction Look: no hands!
  • 7 Short Video Clips 10 second videos
  • 8 google voice search Google Voice
  • 9 Hangouts Hangouts
  • 10 Translation Language translation
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Apple should copy Google Now for the iWatch

Google Now is a hugely unnerving service that collates information from your location movements, Gmail account, calendar and web browsing history. With Google Now the Glass device serves up the information you need at the right time without you even asking for it. Google Now is perfect for the wearable world because it minimises any required input from users.

See also: Apple's iWatch release date, rumours & images

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Google Now is a hugely unnerving service that collates information from your location movements, Gmail account, calendar and web browsing history. With Google Now the Glass device serves up the information you need at the right time without you even asking for it. Google Now is perfect for the wearable world because it minimises any required input from users.

See also: Apple's iWatch release date, rumours & images

 

The iWatch should automatically upload everything you snap

Every shot and video you take on Google Glass is automatically sent online to the Google+ website, where you can review and share the image. Of course, it'd be better if it was Facebook, but the lack of manually importing images is a joy. The iWatch should eschew manual import and instead use automatic upload for everything you snap.

 

Apple iWatch should keep its settings in iCloud

While Google Glass connects to a companion app for iPhone and Android, we think it's the Glass web-based interface that allows it to shine. We are particularly impressed with the way you add Wi-Fi passwords to Glass by entering the info into the MyGlass website. (Glass then scans the QR code from the web page to enter the password.)

 

Apple should retire iTunes Sync for the iWatch: apps installed over the web

Apple should outright steal Google's technique of uploading apps via a website instead of iTunes. With Glass, you click an App to On, and it appears on the device. There's no faffing around with the iTunes Store and syncing with iTunes. We think Apple should nab this idea, and consider bringing the same service to the iPhone and iPad.

See also: iWatch watch: Apple is not here to entertain you

 

The iWatch should make it easy to take photos

This one is controversial, but we think it is important. The game-changing feature for Glass is the one that everybody is concerned about: its ability to take photographs and video without people noticing. But the ability to take natural photographs of the world around you, without people forcing smiles and saying "cheese" is also the standout feature in Glass.

The shots you get with Glass are astoundingly natural; Apple should try to make taking photos with the iWatch as stealthy as possible.

But see also: Google Glass has serious privacy issues

 

Google Glass has few touch interactions; Apple's iWatch should be the same

The joy of Google Glass is that it leaves your hands free. The iWatch, being attached to your wrist, could provide a similar benefit. But only if Apple keeps the gesture-based interaction to a minimum. We think Apple should ewchew its classic touch-based interface and let Siri do the heavy lifting on the iWatch. Apple could come up with other ways of interacting with the watch that minimise (or eliminate completely) using a touchscreen.

See also: Apple patents

 

The iWatch should record 10 second videos like Glass

It's a battery-saving measure in Google Glass, but there's something about the 10-second video clip that lends itself to the modern world. It taps into services like Vine and Snapchat and makes sharing video easier and quicker. If the Watch has a camera then it should default to snapping short video clips.

See also: Vine update adds front camera, Twitter-style mentions

 

The iWatch: both Siri and Google Voice

Siri has all the personality, but there's no denying that Google's Voice search is incredibly accurate in some instances: when searching online. If Apple could kiss and make up with Google and implement Google Voice search directly into the Google Search box, we'd be happy. Siri could handle the interface; Google Voice could handle web-based search.

See also: 16 things you should know how to do with Siri

 

The iWatch would be great with Hangouts

Google's Hangouts may seem like just another video conferencing service, but it offers a level of openness that FaceTime lacks. If Apple makes an iWatch we're sure it'll have FaceTime, but Hangouts is more than just chatting between friends. With Hangouts you can stream what you are looking at with the entire world (anybody can join your Hangout). Apple should make it possible to share a FaceTime with anybody who wants to join in.

See also: Get to know iOS 7: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages

 

The iWatch needs a killer feature: like Glass' language translation

Glass has two marquee features that make translation a joy. The first is an augmented reality app called Word Lens, which changes words from one language to another in front of your eyes. Students at Georgia Tech have also created an app that listens to audio and transcribes words to the screen, which is ideal for the hard of hearing and can be used to translate from one language to another.

Knocking down the language barrier is the sort of world-changing feature that Apple needs to own.

See also: Opinion: Apple didn't just change the world, its apps did too

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