The growing number of Google Glass wearers now have a more legitimate choice to make in terms of which mobile operating system to use with Glass.
It’s been eight months since the Android version came out, and now Google has released the iOS version of My Glass, the companion app that serves as a sort of control panel for Google Glass. The app appeared briefly in the App Store earlier this week, but that was a premature release and Google removed it quickly.
MyGlass for iOS offers mostly similar functionality to the Android version: Glass setup, turn-by-turn directions, contact and app management, and the ability to screencast the Glass display on the iOS device.
But one notable Glass feature is still missing for iOS users: SMS messaging. That’s due to technical limitations under iOS. Google’s Stephen Lau previously explained that “iOS7 as of yet does not allow for third party apps to retrieve SMS details,” which means that Glass can’t connect the name of the person you’re texting to a contact, nor does Glass know what phone number the text message came from (making replies impossible).
SMS messaging or not, I suspect the MyGlass iOS app will be very welcome for Glass owners that prefer iOS to Android.