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Twitter app for Google Glass has disappeared

The popular online social networking service is no longer developing its Glass app.

Last week, 9to5Google reported that Twitter has stopped the development of its Google Glass application and the app has disappeared from the Glass market, which means new users or users who never installed the app on their wearable device when it was available, will not have this option now and those who previously had the app but removed it will not be able to reinstall it.

The app from Twitter is also gone from MyGlass.

The app, which first became available to the Glass market back in May of last year, is also absent from Google Glass’s management and app center, MyGlass. While it used to carry a message that stated if a user has Glass and wanted to use Twitter, they simply needed to turn on Twitter by heading to google.com/myglass, this message is now gone and once the app is deleted by a user, it cannot be reinstalled.

Twitter no longer on Google GlassA Reddit user known as pete716, who was among the first to have received early access to the device, posted about the sudden removal of the app and said that “According to Glass support Twitter is no longer developing their Glass app. This was one of my favorite and most used apps on Glass. If you remove Twitter from your Glass it disappears from Glassware and there is no option to reinstall it.”

Google Glass users may need to wait for a third-party app developer to fill the void.

It is not clear why Twitter dropped its support for its Glass app, especially since it seemed well liked by users and the two products are well suited to one another. However, what this means is that users of the wearable won’t be able to enjoy the tweeting experience until a third-party app developer comes along and provides a solution.

One Redditor commented that the withdrawn support from Twitter is “bad news” because of what has been implied, which is that big names like Twitter appear to be losing interest in Google Glass even before the device has hit the market for consumers. Whether or not major players are losing interest in the smart glasses has yet to be seen, but this sudden move by the popular social network has certainly raised some eyebrows.

Wearable technology may not always be chunky smartwatches and glasses

A new kinds of tech for wearables is being developed that feels just like skin and that adheres like a patch.

As companies rush to try to bring new wearable technology to the market, there has been considerable focus on coming up with new and innovative ways to make options small, convenient, and unique from everything else that is out there.

When it comes to the direction that wearables are taking, the industry feels very certain about one thing.

The issue about which the wearable technology industry feels the most confident is that wearables are, indeed, the next era within the computing world. However, along with that certainty comes with a very important uncertainty, which is that the industry has yet to come up with a design and function that will define the way that these mobile devices are worn and used.

At the moment, the majority of major manufacturers are angling wearable technology toward smartwatches.

Wearable technology newsThis has, for example, been the case with Samsung and Apple – with the latter’s entry being only very recent, in a device that will become available for sale early next year – which have chosen smartwatches to be their primary focus in wearables. Google, on the other hand, has created an operating system for smartwatches – Android Wear – but has also chosen augmented reality glasses, that is, a type of headset worn on the face.

Three are also a large number of companies that are starting to think that smart clothing will be the next big thing. That said, there is a tremendous number of startups that are popping up and that are each taking their own unique direction on how wearables will come to be. Among them is a new form that could adhere a chip directly to the skin in the same way as a temporary tattoo or an adhesive bandage currently sticks in place.

This type of wearable technology is already in development and is extremely thin, flexible, stretchable, and can be made to be clear (or close to the color of the wearer’s skin) or could feature a unique design that would stand out. An example of that type of tech is being tested out in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a company called MC10. Their attachable computers currently look like small, rectangular stickers that include a tiny battery, a wireless antenna, as well as sensors such as for heart rate and temperature.