Google Glass Isn’t Dead Yet It’s Just Hibernating

Ahmed Bilal
Posted 2 years ago

When Google halted its sales for the Google Glass a few months back in January this year people thought that the gadget had found its final resting place. Little did they know that Google’s Executive Chairman Erich Schmidt has initiated a program, led by Nest’s Tony Fadell, to improve the device ready for users in the near future He reportedly stated that the Glass technology was too important to scrap.

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There were a few rumors that the company will abandon the Glass soon, but Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal that the new version of the glass is now under the command of Tony Fadell. There were no comments from Fadell himself but Schmidt added:

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt said. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.” He said that the Glass, similarly to the company’s self-driving cars, is going to take a long term to process and come into existence. “That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now,” he said. “These things take time.”

There were a few reports last December that pointed towards a new cheaper version of the Google Glass being pursued by the company in 2015. Intel was the main supplier, with a design change and a longer lasting battery life the new rumored version seemed more appealing than the current one. Google still has a lot of work to make the Glass a product that is worthwhile, and one that people will buy without any hesitation.


Since Apple is expected to release its new Apple watch in the next month , we can easily relate the hibernation period of Google Glass with this very incident. On the other hand Google’s Android wear smatwatch is still on its way to build a firm footing in the long line of contenders in this particular category. Let’s see if the brainchild of Sergey Brin really does make its comeback with style.

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