How to Browse Any Time, Anywhere with Google Glass - dummies

How to Browse Any Time, Anywhere with Google Glass

Google produces its own web browser, Chrome, for desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, so it’s no surprise that Google created a special version of Chrome for Glass that takes advantage of the device’s user interface. On Glass, the Chrome browser is called the Browser app.

The Browser app makes it easy for you to navigate all types of websites that you encounter. If a website has a mobile version, that website detects that Glass is a mobile device and opens the mobile version automatically. The Browser app on your Glass, however, doesn’t work with gestures that you can use on mobile websites.

1Open the Browser app in a search result screen by tapping the touchpad and then choosing View Website from the menu.

The Browser app displays the website and highlights the center of the screen, which shows the area of the site that you can manipulate to do various things.

You can use your finger and your head to move around a website by using four gestures: scrolling, zooming, panning, and tapping.

2Scroll up and down

To scroll down a web page, slide your finger forward on the touchpad, and to scroll up a web page, slide your finger backward on the touchpad. As you move up and down the website, the viewable area onscreen changes as well.

3Zoom in and out

Slide two fingers forward or backward to zoom in and out, respectively. When you zoom in, the text and images onscreen and in the viewable area get larger. When you zoom out, the text and images onscreen and in the viewable area get smaller.

4Look around a web page

If a web page is wider than the Glass screen (which may be the case more often than not), just use your head — that is, hold two fingers on the touchpad and then move your head around. The web page moves up, down, left, and right onscreen as your head moves in those directions.

5Tap a link

In the center of the viewable area is a group of small dots arranged in a circular pattern. This circular pointer serves the same function as a mouse pointer on a desktop computer. To position this pointer, maneuver the screen so that the pointer appears over the hyperlinked text or image that you want.

When you do, the text link changes color or a colored box appears around the image. To select the link, tap the touchpad.

The Browser app doesn’t close automatically after a period of inactivity. Like any app, the Browser app drinks juice from your battery, and if you decide to do something else on Glass, the Browser app remains active. So to prevent any unexpected low-battery message from popping up on the screen (which, of course, will happen when you’re doing something important), be sure to close the Browser card in your timeline.