Me at 9to5Google:
Earlier this year, we told you across several exclusive reports that second-generation Glass hardware was in development, namely a variant of the device reworked with the enterprise in mind. Now, a couple months after getting our first look at FCC images of the device and later an official Google patent, we now have our first look at a unit in the wild via a new eBay listing…
People didn’t believe that this was real when I was first writing about it. Hope this is the nail in the coffin.
Me reporting for 9to5Google:
We’re familiar with multiple prototypes that are nearing the final stages of revision, and one thing is very clear: This isn’t going to be a drastic departure visually from the Explorer Edition. It has been tweaked, though, and there are at least a few differences noticeable from the outside. It folds like a regular pair of glasses, and because it’s first and foremost being built for the workplace, it has a more rugged build and appearance…
More stuff. Fun. I want one.
Me, writing for 9to5Google (as usual):
CrowdOptic is one of the most well-established of the 10 current Glass for Work parters, and now the company is in acquisition talks. According to people familiar with the matter, the company has been in advanced discussions with a Fortune 500 firm that intends to build software applications for the upcoming iteration of enterprise-focused Google Glass hardware…
Any Fortune 500 company making apps for Glass using CrowdOptic’s well-received technology is notable for the platform. Glass isn’t dead.
Myself, reporting for 9to5Google:
As we reported earlier this year, there are many different prototypes of a future Glass hardware revision being tested within some Glass for Work startups. We’ve come to learn from people familiar with the matter that the next hardware is being referred to by Google internally as “Enterprise Edition” or “Google Glass EE” (If you remember, Explorer Edition was referred to as “Google Glass XE”)…
As a consumer, I’m bummed. As a Glass fanboy, I’m so excited.
According to a report from the Financial Times, (via 9to5Google):
While it was assumed that this would mean that Google was giving the project a restart (and, in fact, Google confirmed this to be the case during its Q4 earnings call), Tony Fadell has recently came out publicly to reiterate this point…
Tony is giving Glass a reboot, as we already knew, and that’s a big deal. Really important. And it will be exciting to see what this product guy brings to the table (when he manages to release a product).
Manuela Mesco, reporting for The Wall Street Journal:
A new version of Google Glass is in the works and will be out soon, the chief executive of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica said Friday.
The partnership with the U.S. tech giant to build Glass—the Internet-connected eyewear—is going ahead, said Massimo Vian, speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy.
Fantastic news, although it’s not really news. Glass 2.0 coming this year. Luxottica working on some frames as they did with last version. Not surprising.
I wrote more about this over at 9to5Google.
Me, writing for 9to5Google:
Sources familiar with at least one next-gen Google Glass prototype have told us that there was a version of the device being tested earlier this year that folds and looks a lot like a regular pair of glasses. While we’re not confident that this is the version or design of Google Glass that the company is moving forward with for the retail product, the above patent published yesterday, numbered D727,317, seems to depict a device that would fall pretty well in line with that description.
This is exciting. Sounds a lot like a device that I’ve heard about.
There might not be many exciting things happening from Google in the Glass world lately (although we do expect that to change relatively soon), but it’s no secret that virtual reality is on the rise, and that’s sure going to be a hot topic this year at CES 2015. While there might not be much to see in terms of Glass, Google Glass Fans is going to be on the show floor by way of Stephen Hall and Spencer Kleyweg this week to make sure nothing goes unnoticed. And maybe we’ll spend a bit of time covering some upcoming wearable HUD competitors as well.
Continue reading “Google Glass Fans is going to CES, come ‘Explore’ with us at 2 PM on Tuesday!”
We reported last month that Google placed Glass into the US Google Play Store as well as keeping it available in the Glass specific shop. Today it seems that Google has completed its transition to the Play Store by full eliminating the Glass-only store that has been used since the beginning of the Explorer Program.
Now when you click Shop on the MyGlass page or visit the following link, you will now be automatically redirected to the Glass page of the Google Play Store.
The Google Play Store is home to all of Google’s mainstream products which makes us believe that Glass is now considered that caliber of product. However with the many flaws of this beta device, we still expect a consumer version of Glass with the flaws fixed to launch later this year.
Do you consider Glass a retail product? Drop us a comment and let us know.
Google quietly just released an update to Glass as well as an instructional video to the Glass YouTube channel regarding the ability to receive Android notifications on Glass. They call this feature Notification Sync and it is only available on Android at this time.
Demonstrated in this tutorial style video is the process of setting Notification Sync up and what actions happen once enabled. This allows for endless possibilities such as receiving an alert from a third-party messaging app or getting real-time Ingress portal updates.
Notification Sync has a few tricks up its sleeve. These being the ability to mute certain apps as well as a new card within each notification to easily open it up on your Android phone. If you have an Android Wear device this should sound very familiar to the experience you are receiving on your wrist.
This feature alone is what the sole premise of Android Wear and now that Glass is receiving this skill, Glass may have the lead in Google’s wearable selection.
To enable this feature you will need Google’s newly released XE22.0 update on your Glass as well as MyGlass 3.3.0 for Android. To learn more about all that Notification Sync can do visit the Notifications section in Glass Help.
The only other feature in this update is to have the choice between multiple routes for Google Maps Navigation.
The Google Glass XE22 update is rolling out this week and the MyGlass update is coming Wednesday, October 15th.
Source: Glass G+ Update, XE22 Release Notes