Installing Google Glass apps with ChromeADB for Windows

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ChromeADB is a Google Chrome app that can help you install, stop, uninstall software, and manage other things on your Google Glass™ . ChromeADB is not the only way that you can install and manage software on your Google Glass, but it is probably the easiest way to go about it at the moment. Here is a guide to help you get started with ChromeADB.

Disclaimer: Glass App Source takes no responsibility if you happen to damage or break your Google Glass while using this software.

Android SDK/Android Debug Bridge

In order to use ChromeADB you are going to need to set up the Android Debug Bridge first. It’s really not that hard and will not take that much time. Follow these steps in order to set up the Android Debug Bridge:

1. Download the Android SDK and extract it.

2. Move the “platform-tools” folder to the root of the C: drive, and rename it “Android-adb”

3. Locate your computer icon, right click it, go to properties, go to advanced, and click “Environment Variables”.

4. Find “path” in the system variables section, click it, and then click edit.

5. Go to the end of the text and add ;C:\Android-adb , click okay.

You now have the Android debug bridge installed and can easily access it. If you followed the above, then you never have to CD (change directory) in the terminal to use ADB. You can just type the adb command as soon as you open up a command prompt.

Installing ChromeADB, Debug Mode and Starting ADB

After you are done setting up the Android Debug Bridge, you can go ahead and install ChromeADB.

Once you have installed ChromeADB, connect Google Glass to your computer, and enable debug mode by going to settings > device info > turn on debug mode.

Next, you need to go to chrome://apps and open up ChromeADB. On the lower left hand side you are going to see a message that says something similar to: “run adb start-server” … we need to do this in order to use ChromeADB. Simply open up a CMD (command) prompt in windows and enter: adb start-server.

If the server starts correctly, type “adb device” and see if Google Glass is being recognized. If it is, it’ll be listed as a bunch of letters and digits with the word device next to it.

ChromeADB Basics

After you have started the ADB server, head back over the ChromeADB app (don’t close the command prompt). In the upper right hand side, you should see a connect button – make sure the port manages the one from the CMD and hit connect. When you hit connect you should get a window that shows your Google Glass device (and other devices) as an ID (like you saw in the command prompt when running “adb device”), click on it to access it.

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Once you click a device, you can clear data, force-stop apps, install apps, and uninstall apps. You can also view the processes on the device, app memory, and the disk space on Glass.

To install an app on Google Glass using ChromeADB, click the “install package” button that is under the package’s tab. You can also clear data, uninstall, and force-stop apps from the same package tab.

Disclaimer #2: Do not install or remove anything just because you can. Uninstalling the wrong thing can really mess up your device. Also, installing random apps isn’t the greatest idea because some can affect Google Glass performance in a negative manner. Always research a package before installing or removing it! Again, Glass Apps Source takes no responsibility if you mess up your device.

Conclusion

So, that is how you set up ChromeADB and easily manage applications/APKs on your Google Glass device. Of course, if you really want to get your hands dirty you can install and remove apps through the command prompt instead of through ChromeADB.

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