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Google Glass' vision of the future runs on a 2011 smartphone chip

Google Glass' vision of the future runs on a 2011 smartphone chip
Joseph Volpe
Joseph Volpe|@jrvolpe|April 26, 2013 3:42 PM

Google Glass' vision of the future runs on 2011's smartphone chips

Google Glass may represent the future of wearables, but its components are a vestige of the past -- 2011, to be exact. That's according to developer Jay Lee who dug up some interesting Glass tidbits using Android Debug Bridge. Taking to his Google+ page, Lee verified that Google's smart eyewear currently runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - a fact CEO Larry Page has apparently fessed up to -- incorporates an OMAP 4430 processor running at an unspecified frequency and is paired with about 682MB RAM (out of a likely 1GB), though it's not clear if this is a dual-core setup. For non-mobile industry historians, this particular Texas Instruments OMAP chipset hasn't been used since the Droid Bionic and Atrix 2 in 2011, making it relatively ancient by industry standards. So, what other surprises lurk beneath the Glass? We'll leave those mysteries to our EIC Tim Stevens to suss out in his Glass diaries.

Google Glass' vision of the future runs on a 2011 smartphone chip

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Google Glass' vision of the future runs on a 2011 smartphone chip