Latest Google Glass update brings new music features and Play integration

Google is set to announce a new set of features for Glass, its intelligent eyewear, which will give users new ways of interacting with music.

As part of its standard voice commands, "Listen to" will now be added to allow songs and artists to be searched for through Google's media and apps hub, Play. Users will then be able to listen to the music in high fidelity.

"With these new features, we're now building a great music experience on Glass, whether you're a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer and hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favourite tunes anytime, anywhere," said Ed Sanders, the director of marketing for Google Glass.

The new features have been welcomed by music industry professionals who use such technology. Young Guru, a record producer and Glass Explorer (pictured, top), said in an interview with the New York Times that it was an "immense timesaver".

"It's a great tool to make the world that much cooler, and realize some of the dreams we had as kids. For all of us who grew up watching Star Trek, this is sort of the beginning of the Holodeck."

Alongside these updates, Google will also be announcing the release of new headphones especially designed for use with Google Glass, expected to cost $85 (£54). Last month it was revealed that the new version of the smartglasses, Google Glass 2, would include a mono earbud.

"All Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we'll also include a mono earbud," Google stated at the time via the Glass G+ page.