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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, 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, 07:08 1

32. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


wow dratomic just got owned.

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 02 May 2014, 00:19

92. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; 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 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, 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 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 01 May 2014, 05:45 1

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 5045; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I have to admit that I too thought that Google was being very Apple with their pricing of this product. That being said, it's not actually on the market. Very, very few people outside the development community actually have Glass. If it ever makes it to the Google Play story, maybe it'll drop $1,000+ lol

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:47

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


about that... its has been available in my homecountry for several months with a price of 4000$. and it has been selling quite well

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:52

12. Scott93274 (Posts: 5045; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


And what country is Google glass selling like hotcakes for $4000?

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:10

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


middle east

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:32 3

36. mickeygosselin (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


The middle east isn't a country.....

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, 06:12

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


it has been available from six months ago

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, 16:27

85. Scott93274 (Posts: 5045; 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 01 May 2014, 06:49 7

23. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


That's why they want to eradicate SD card/root functionalities in your phone to lure you into their cloud for max profit.

Google is just as evil as Apple

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:46

46. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Them going away from SD cards is also about a more stable device, faster device, less issues with security.

I dont like it one bit....but I understand some of the reasons why.

I guess some of us just see things how we wanna see them tho...

Just realized you said eradicate root functionality...thats not entirely Google ...thats more the carriers and probably the OEM's. How can that be when Google has the Nexus line and GPE devices?

Seriously...

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, 07:52 2

48. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


With devices like the Oneplus one , the Nexus line looks like a ripoff too , and thats why they are scrapping it in favor of the Android silver project

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:59 4

26. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Ok, this clearly waayy over price.. But if on that alone is how today you decided its as bad as apple and microsoft..then you a hater!! For example you couldnt name me one other product over priced by google.. Because all of their products are usual free or extremely under valued!!

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:44

45. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly..

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, 12:33 2

78. sipha (Posts: 435; 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, 14:18 1

80. SamDroid (unregistered)


That shut him up real good

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:59 1

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


No...google is not like MS or apple...ever heard of nexus??? And project Ara(basic smartphone package for $50)????
This is just a bill of materials...this doesn't include years of R&D google spent in glass...
They have promised that the retail version will cost as much as a average smartphone...
So wait for public release...

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 01 May 2014, 07:32

37. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Right because....every .......Google product is marked up like this....

:/

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:50 1

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


i like google but that's true...and that's the reason why competition is very important.

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

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