Eventually Google hopes that its Google Glass wearable computer will be an affordable device consumers can use to get directions, snap photos, and run apps without pulling a phone from their pockets. For now, Glass is an expensive, hacker-friendly device with short battery life.
But folks who spent $1500 to get their hands on a Google Glass Explorer Edition device earlier this year have a hackable device with a bootloader that can be unlocked so users can load custom firmware. Now there’s also an unofficial version of ClockworkMod Recovery for Google Glass, which will make loading firmware easier.
Brint Kriebel has posted his unofficial build of CWM for Glass, along with instructions on installing at using it.
At this point I’m not aware of any custom ROMs for Glass, so it’s not like you’re going to be able to load CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android… at least not yet. But you can use CWM to perform a factory reset, backup or restore data, root your Glass device, or make some other changes.
One reason I like to root any new Android device and install a custom recovery as soon as I can is so that I can use the backup and restore feature. Basically ClockworkMod, TWRP, and similar tools let you create a snapshot of everything on your device so that if anything breaks you can always restore from that backup and restore your device to the exact condition it was in when you took the snapshot.
That’s a valuable feature to have… especially if you plan to make system-level changes to the software that comes on your device.