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Xamarin tool lets C# developers write Google Glass apps

Google's recently released Glass development kit is added to Windows-based development tool set

By Mikael Ricknäs
December 5, 2013 01:26 PM ET

IDG News Service - Xamarin has integrated the sneak peek version of Google's GDK (Glass Development Kit) into its cross-platform development tools, allowing C# developers to create apps for Google Glass.

The GDK sneak peek was unveiled by Google at a recent event. It allows developers to write apps to run on Glass. Existing apps for Glass are Web-based and can't be as tightly integrated with Glass as apps created using the GDK.

For Xamarin developers who have access to the GDK, the new APIs and a sample app can be downloaded free from Xamarin's component store, the company said in a blog post Thursday.

The GDK is an Android SDK add-on that contains APIs for Glass-specific features. Google has made this early version of the development kit available to developers in the hopes they'll test it and help the company find bugs.

Google has done a great job of putting together documentation for the sneak peek, according to Xamarin. But the company underlines that it isn't even a developer preview, so developers should be prepared for things to change before Google puts out a final version.

Google is currently planning to release the first version of Glass sometime next year.

Xamarin's tools also let developers create apps for iOS and Mac OS X using C#.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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