New York Times’ Google Glass App Reads Stories to You

Among the first brands to develop application for wearable device

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The New York Times is one of the initial major publishers to unveil a Google Glass app, which will allow the currently scant number of users of the wearable device to access stories on the go. The app's audio component reads headlines and story summaries aloud and provides breaking news alerts.

Per an NYT rep, who via email referred to the app as a "lightweight service," it recently was built on Google Mirror API. The Times' app requests permission to access basic information from users' Google accounts as well as their locations.

Earlier this week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the general release for Glass won't likely be until 2014. Eight thousand contest winners are currently receiving the spectacles-like tech device—but not before forking over $1,500 and signing away their rights to re-sell the unit.

Meanwhile, Science Inc. partner Peter Pham, a Silicon Valley vet who is probably best known for co-founding the mobile app Color, got the rare opportunity to take Google Glass for a brief test spin in San Francisco last month and gave his reflections on the experience to Adweek.

@Chris_Heine Christopher Heine is a New York-based editor and writer.
Publish date: April 26, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT