by August 1, 2013 0 comments

Even as it is ‘actively working’ on a Glass Development Kit (GDK) for its Google Glass, Google has encouraged Android developers to come up with their ‘awesome’ ideas and build apps with the existing Android SDK.

In a recent blog post, its Glass Developer Relations Team stated, “We’re still hard at work on the GDK, but in the meantime, you can start designing and developing your awesome ideas with the existing Android SDK. Although you won’t have all the tools necessary to design the perfect experience for Glass, developing with the Android SDK (API Level 15) lets you try out ideas while you wait for the GDK.”

It might be remembered that at Google I/O, it was announced that Google was building its GDK to help developers build Glassware in the form of APKs.

“For you seasoned Android developers, your background will get you a long way in building Glassware. You’ll find out that some features that you want in the GDK are already supported by the Android SDK, such as accessing the accelerometer or playing media. If you’re an Android beginner, take this time to learn about general Android development, so that you’ll be ready when the GDK launches,” added the post.

Meanwhile, Google has already written some sample APKs for a stopwatch, a level and a compass, with more to come up soon. “When we release the GDK, we’ll update these samples to demonstrate the migration path between a traditional Android app and a full Glass experience.”

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