Xamarin lets Windows developers write apps for Google Glass
The company takes advantage of Google's recently released development kit
By Mikael Ricknäs | Published: 17:45, 05 December 2013
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#.
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