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If you are looking to build a smart application, look no further than Google Glass, the hi-tech wearable that is changing the world.

Google Glass application development has evolved over the years. When initially launched, application development leveraged the Mirror API. The Mirror API is more of a server model. It is good for exchanging information between the server and the device. The typical usage would be reading messages like Facebook or Twitter updates.

Over time, Google has introduced a better framework for building Glass applications. This new framework is called the Glass Development Kit (GDK) based development. Unlike the Mirror APIs, GDK is about development on the device. Glass runs on Android; therefore, GDK takes advantage of running on the Android platform.

Getting Started

Working with the Google SDK requires developers to use the Android toolset. This means that developers need to be familiar with the Android development model and Android build tools.

To start Google Glass development, you need to have tools to build Android apps: Android Studio (unless you want to use Eclipse and install the ADT bundle). You also will need to have a Google Glass device.


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