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June 24, 2014

The Guardian becomes wearable as it launches news service on Google Glass

By Press Gazette

Hot on the heels of the news that Google's wearable technology platform Google Glass is now available in the UK (Sky News), The Guardian has launched Guardian for Glass.

It said in a statement: "The Guardian for Glass offers updates of the Guardian’s award-winning journalism with regular bundles of headline stories from the UK, Australian and US editions, as well as breaking news notifications – making it even easier to be up-to-date with the news. Special features include the option to have short summaries delivered in audio, content sharing and the ability to save news items to read later on a desktop or mobile device.

"The event marks one of the Guardian’s first experiments in bringing its content to wearable technologies, and the first time that Google Glass will be available outside the US. The Guardian is one of the first organisations to create Glassware for the UK Explorer launch, and its Glassware will be available to anyone, anywhere with Google Glass."

Mobile editor of Guardian News and Media Subhajit Banerjee said: "We are keen to explore the new ways that Glass will be able to present our journalism to our audience, as well as how they interact with our stories. Our Glassware offers a selection of content that showcases the breadth of the Guardian's journalism and keeps the user updated to the minute with breaking news notifications. This is the first step on this exciting journey and we look forward to developing our Glassware as the platform and audience grow.”

Editor Alan Rusbridger said: "The Guardian’s philosophy and approach to journalism is independent of any platform. What intrigues us most about Google Glass and other wearable devices are the new journalistic opportunities they provide, and how they allow us to collaborate with our readers around the world while respecting their privacy."

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