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Google Glass XE8 update adds new voice commands, Google Now cards, improved video player & much more

Google just announced that the XE8 update is rolling out to Google Glass users and with it comes a new controls for video playback, a ton of new voice commands, and several new Google Now cards.

When it comes to voice commands, Google is adding integration with Path and Evernote and says similar integration is coming soon for other third-party apps:

You can now update your Path feed by saying “ok glass, post an update.” Similarly, sending a note to Evernote is as easy as saying “ok glass, take a note.” To see the new voice actions in your voice action menu, you’ll need Path and Evernote Glassware turned on from the MyGlass Android app or website. This is just the beginning. More Glassware will support these and new voice actions over time.

Another new voice related feature is the ability to add a caption to a photo or video by using the “ok glass, add caption” command. Other new voice commands provide hands-free navigation with commands to show route overview, hide route overview, and stop directions, while Google noted the release also includes “more fluid voice commands” in general:

Don’t wait for a cue to give a voice command. Try speaking naturally and chain your commands together in one fluid sentence. For example, try “ok glass, send a message to Kevin.”

In addition, the XE8 update brings the ability to multitask during a video call by automatically backgrounding the video call and muting the camera when swiping down to check your timeline.

The update also includes a new Volume card in Settings, improved SMS support, and an improved video player that “you can tap to pause, play and swipe to fast forward or rewind.”

Finally, Google shared details on a number of new Google Now cards:

Restaurants, hotels, events  – Be reminded of dinner reservations, hotel bookings and concerts. You’ll see these reminders for places that sent you an email confirmation.
Movies – Find showtimes and movie information for nearby theaters.
Emergency alerts – Change your plans on the fly when severe thunderstorm or flash flood warnings are in effect.
These new cards join other useful Now updates, including:
Traffic  – Get traffic conditions and alternate routes before you leave for work.
Weather – Know how to dress before stepping out the door.
Sports – See live scores for your favorite teams.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.