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

Consumer version of Google Glass
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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10 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Probably the memory of the Nexus Q...

4. kamranexir

Posts: 3; Member since: May 28, 2012

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

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

6. kissily

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 09, 2012

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

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

8. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

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

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Take your time to polish the hardware Google

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