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Project Glass bill of materials reveals it costs just $80 to make what Google sells for $1500

0. phoneArena 01 May 2014, 05:34 posted on

The bill of materials for Google’s wearable is estimated at just $80 by Teardown.com, which took it apart and looked for the price of each part…

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posted on 01 May 2014, 07:53 1

50. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Yeah, and many of iOS' recent improvements are copied from Android.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:54

51. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Yeah, research on how to fool consumers into thinking that their products are worth their prices.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:00

53. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


He is saying the same point as me...
Btw good luck winning tommorrow's game against mighty CSK....
#returnofthepride #whitslepodu

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:03

54. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2167; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Hope their top order can do something. They always fail!

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:03

55. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


What you don't pay for the Nexus you get the fact that Google keeps your info for ads, which is what google lives by.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:07

56. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


all the major android OEMs still support sd cards so that's not a valid reason.
i like my nexus 5 but i always feel that if it was made to take advantage of everything that android offers , then it should also have an sd card slot because android supports sd cards.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:16

57. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah...I'm big fan of gambhir...
In last match he showed some improvement....even if it's against my fav team...i want gambhir to score...

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:23 2

58. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


This is not retail version...
According to google retail version will cost as much as average smartphone...

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:24

59. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2167; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Good to see him back in form. The rest in the team are a joke.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:46 4

61. Finalflash (Posts: 3337; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It's none of the conspiracy theories listed here actually, it's priced high so only those that really want it like developers and people who will send feedback (dedicated tech reviewers) can get it. Otherwise an army of frat boys would put it in back order and no one useful to the development of the device would get it. It's simply priced to keep the common public away for now while they refine it.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:49

62. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Just think before you comment...
Kallis is not joke...he is best player in KKR camp...and naraine too is not a joke...

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:59

65. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2167; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I'm talking about the top order. Kallis is good like once every five matches. They also need to hit more sixes. Lack of boundaries is a problem for them.

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:11 1

66. MrPhilo (Posts: 49; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


At first yes, when it was first realised, but now no. They do incremental updates. Plus it's true the margin is stupidly high.

You're missing the point anyways, this is a developer device not a consumer, hence the price. When has a developer kit been cheaper than a consumer?

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:48 1

67. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


yes i know. i hate my home country which is iran. so i didnt want to name it. got it?

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:51 4

68. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


google sells ads. do you think everything it does is free?! if so how could they make money for a living. remember nobody does anything for anybody for free.

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:27 3

71. joey_sfb (Posts: 6253; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yeah! I know. All companies need profit to survive. What I can't stand is Apple locking up so much money in their ivory tower. Not sharing much with other businesses. Not hiring enough people.

Basically benefiting a very small group of people.

Hey! More money being lock up means less money for the rest of us.

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:42 1

73. shadowplay (unregistered)


People just want free stuff and have such sense of entitlement. How many of you use Google's mail, maps, drive, etc?

If you don't like the price, then these are your options:
- Don't buy one.
- Buy from the competition.
- Build your own.

posted on 01 May 2014, 12:07

76. sgodsell (Posts: 4158; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Anyone with half a brain will see that the prices are just made up.

posted on 01 May 2014, 12:25 1

77. Dyalibya (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 May 2014)


I will admit to favoring google, But I believe that that price is set in place to prevent a large number of people from acquiring the device, I estimate the number of people who did get it to be very small, Any profits from them-Even at 1500$- would be marginal and would look like pocket money to a google CEO

posted on 01 May 2014, 12:33 2

78. sipha (Posts: 438; Member since: 12 May 2012)


The missing key point to your comment is who is paying for those ads?? & how do you know those ads are over priced??

posted on 01 May 2014, 12:56

79. iLoveAmexica (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


hey I didn't know iran people buy american products, and if I live in that dirt poor place, with $4000 I'd spend it on 40 thousand women lol jk

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:18 1

80. SamDroid (unregistered)


That shut him up real good

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:44 1

81. sswain (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


software/engineering/design does not explain the massive increase; it's android-lite repackaged with eye tracking software mounted on glasses. just stop for a second and read that out loud.

they priced it high to keep out the garbage apps that's plaguing the play store. $1500 isn't that much to a company but prohibitive enough to keep away most of the garbage devs from dirtying their new toy.

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:27

85. Scott93274 (Posts: 5161; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Easy now, I have family that are from Iran. And they're wonderful people. Though I'm still calling BS on the Glass being sold there.

posted on 02 May 2014, 00:19

92. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If thats the case....there needs to be cheaper mobile devices everywhere...iPhones, WP, etc.

WP is cheaper....now Apple has to step up n do the right thing by offering cheaper iPhones.

Those 2 might not live by info for ads...by they profit off of your info too.

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:33 1

94. bossmt_2 (Posts: 451; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


The thing you guys seem to be forgetting is that this is a beta test. Of course Google doesn't plan on actually selling this for 1500 bucks. This lets them test the market with people who're genuinely interested in the product as well as people who will be making money with the product via apps design. This device will not stay at this cost forever. What will likely happen is when glass 2.0 launches (if that's the public release) they'll offer the base model for say like 150-200, then they'll offer more premium designs like Ray Bans or Oakleys with glass. So on so forth. Of course google cares about money. They'd be out fo business if they didn't. But google isn't a price markup like this, they follow the model about getting devices in people's hands thne making money off ads.

posted on 03 May 2014, 22:00

103. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


What i think I think You're PAYING FOR THE SOFTWARE. If the hardware is inexpensive to put the parts together then the software is where the price tag what makes it higher. I'm still going to save up n buy my self GOOGLE GLASS. Cause I love the technology in it. But don't think GOOGLE can get it too every consumer unless you have a good credit card or if youre a rich person/celebrity.

posted on 05 May 2014, 02:47

104. preetmalhotra (Posts: 109; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


You are right #MrPhilo bro..

......Google Glass isn't just about the 'materials', you know the software, the engineers, the designers etc, the countless time they spent making the Glass.......

lol
Android is free of cost...even the base of iOS, Unix, is free!

No dount development takes effort!
Mind efforts, study, observations..
But, it depends on how much costly you sell your simple service just because you are not letting anyone elso to capture the ground!

Windows8 isn't more expensive than the hardware it is bein used in..
While the Linuxes are totally free!

Why Micromax, Gionee, OnePlus, Oppo etc can sell same hardware at half rates than big OEMs, and at one-third rate than Apple?
Just one reason..
Big players..Big Profits!!
Small Players..No Profit!!

now don't fight with me fanboys..
:P :P
:D
No offence!

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:16

105. preetmalhotra (Posts: 109; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


A 41 MP camera released by some company few years back had a 5 years of R 'n' D behind it, and was sold for just $200 and not $2000!!

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:52

109. DaMaster (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


yea Fk those money hungry mice. Didnt know they also didnt hire ppl

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