Snap! Google updates key Glass feature -- the camera

Google set to push out automatic software update for computerized eyeglasses

Google is pushing out a software update for Glass that improves the capabilities of one of the most popular features - the camera.

The automatic update will be sent to Glass users over the next few days, according to a blog post on the Google+ Project Glass page.

Google has said it would release software updates every few weeks to the developers and early adopters of the Glass prototype.

"Today, we're releasing new software for the camera on Glass," the company said in the post. "It captures a rapid sequence of shots behind the scenes every time you press the camera button which, when combined, gives you a better picture than what you would get with a single shot."

For instance, the new camera recognizes low-light situations and can adjust to nevertheless create a bright, sharp image, Google explained.

"Best of all, this software works even in tough situations where there are moving subjects," Google sais. "It's these kinds of useful improvements that make pictures on Glass even more magical."

The software update also adds a photo caption feature.

Now when a user shares a photo taken with Glass, a message will pop up asking if if a caption will be added. The user can create a caption using the Google Glass voice recognition capability.

Google's post said the update includes other improvements, but didn't disclose them.

Early last month, Google released a Glass software update that added about a dozen updates and changes.

The company has also been working to grow the Glass 'ecosystem', as well as making policy changes and feature decisions.

During the company's I/O developer conference last month, a Google executive showed off apps for Glass from CNN, Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times. More apps are in the works as developers have been using Glass prototypes for a few months now.

Just after announcing last week that Glass won't use facial recognition technology in Glass until proper privacy protections are in place, the company also added 11 new developer policies.

The policies include rules against porn apps, as well as apps that promote violence, gambling, malware and bullying.

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