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Consumer version of Google Glass "probably a year-ish away" according to Schmidt

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The last time there was any mention of a release window for the consumer version of Google Glass, the sense was that Google hoped to be able to release the device in time for the holidays this year. But, now it sounds like the window has shifted back to Q1/Q2 of 2014, because Google's Eric Schmidt is now saying that the consumer version of Glass is "probably a year-ish away".

The comments came as part of an interview that Schmidt did with BBC Radio 4's "World at One". He also talked about his new book, Google's tax policy in the UK, privacy, and other topics. Schmidt didn't linger on the topic of Glass long, but did mention that Google will be taking into account the thoughts of the thousands of developers that will be using Glass in the next few months, and make changes to the device before releasing a consumer version. 

If you want to listen to the full interview, it begins at 27:45 in the source link, and the statement about Glass comes at 32:30 in the show. 

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posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:36

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I wonder what takes so long. I mean exactly what part is holding up, battery? Hardware? Antennas? Projection? Legal background?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:46 1

2. dorianb (Posts: 361; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Probably the memory of the Nexus Q...

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:48 5

4. kamranexir (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 May 2012)


I guess the delay is not because of the hardware.
Its time for beta testing and bug fix

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 18:59

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1714; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


They probably want to work out any bugs. They might want to have some good apps available when it becomes available...hence the 'developer' edition hardware.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:07

10. boosook (Posts: 939; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ecosystems. Glass would be a flop if released with no apps, so they want to give an year of time to developers to make their applications, so that Glass won't be useless once released.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:46 2

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


That sounds about right is they are just now beta testing hardware. The ony hope of getting it sooner is if ALL or most of the beta tester reported NO problems...... Not likely.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 19:02 1

6. kissily (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)


Google has its own hidden agenda for the delay. Next year is just a limb away.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 19:07

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6250; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I know it will take a year but it will be worth the wait. This dev im lookn at on his youtube acct giving me some neat ideas. This will be my own xmas present

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 19:56 1

8. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


too bad it's O.S. is android and not something else less buggy

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 00:01 2

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Sounds like someone hasn't used Android since 2.x...

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 16:42

11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Take your time to polish the hardware Google

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