Google Glass Emulators

Sadly, Google Glass isn’t available for everyone yet which puts developers in a little pickle. There are many developers out there that would like to get their hands on Google Glass, but either can’t afford it or just didn’t get an invitation. What does a developer do in this situation? Well, obviously they look for alternative solutions that would allow them to “use” and develop for Glass without actually owning it. Luckily there are a few tools out there that can help emulate/simulate the Google Glass experience so that people can develop for it or get a taste of the Google Glass experience in general. So, how about we go ahead and take a look at these tools!

Google Glass on An Android Phone


While you won’t get to play with the hardware or get to walk around looking like a cyborg, you can still experience Google Glass if you have an Android phone. If you have an Android phone or tablet that has a decent amount of computing power, then you can install some apks that will give you the Google Glass experience right on your phone. The only bad thing about this method is that the person who is providing the modded APKs hasn’t updated them in a while so the experience you get is a bit outdated, but still fun to mess around with.

If you’re interested in having a Google Glass experience on your Android phone, then take a peek at this GitHub that has all the apks and an install guide.

Build Prototypes with

Out of all the Google Glass emulators and simulators that I’ve seen, this has to be the best looking and the handiest one out of them all. GlassSim is a tool that allows you to create concepts and prototypes for Google Glass applications. This handy little website can help developers map out their idea and maybe even get the creative juices going. GlassSim even has a whole gallery of application concepts if you have no idea what an app should look like or have no idea where to start.

GlassSim is pretty easy to get started with too. To get started you simply have to pick a card template, upload an image, and start modifying the HTML and CSS. While you won’t be able to create a full-fledged app with GlassSim, you can at least get started on your app design if you don’t have Google Glass.

Google PlayGround

Google Playground is pretty much the same thing as GlassSim and allows you to play with Glassware you’ve developed. Simply put, Google Playground is a card simulator. You can connect Playground with your Oauth client and edit things to see how the app/card would look on Google Glass.

I think GlassSim is a bit better considering its simple design, but I thought Playground was still worth the mention.


Currently, those are the only ways that I know of to emulate or simulate Google Glass. Really, most developers are probably going to just have to wait until it goes public or get a team together and develop a good emulator themselves. Anyway, I hope that the above has helped you in some way. If you know of any good Google Glass emulators, then make sure to share them in the comments below!