Google Glass developers are reportedly losing interest in the device

Google Glass developers are reportedly losing interest in the device
Are developers losing interest in writing apps for Google Glass? Some have changed their focus from one wearable to another. Take Twitter, for example. The company apparently stopped work on its app for the connected specs, and started working on one for Android Wear powered smartwatches instead. Twitter's decision to back away from its Google Glass app is not unique. Of 16 firms working on a Google Glass app, nine have decided to call it quits, according to Reuters. Those that gave up did so because of a perceived lack of customers or because of the limitations of Glass.

The outlook for Google has changed. Instead of predictions of it becoming a widespread consumer hit, analysts are now calling for the wearable to become a niche device. Some of the original Google Glass wearers, known as Explorers, have been selling their devices on eBay for half of the original $1500 price. The broad consumer launch of Glass, scheduled for this year, has been pushed back into 2015.

Google has hopes of selling Glass to the enterprise. Its Glass at Work initiative has resulted in bulk sales of the device with a 2-for-1 price tag. Still, Google remains committed to an eventual consumer launch. Glass Head of Business Operations Chris O'Neill said, "We are completely energized and as energized as ever about the opportunity that wearables and Glass in particular represent."

Part of the problem is that there is already a stigma attached to the wearing of the device. Because those wearing Glass have the ability to take pictures and videos of random people who are unaware that they are being recorded in photographs or video, some who wear the device are being called "Glassholes". Google Glass has also been banned by several restaurants, concerned about the privacy of their patrons.


source: Reuters

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37 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People are so caught up with the camera part invading others privacy. I can understand that completely. However I was hoping that Google would make a few versions of Glass. One with the Camera and everything that you currently see on existing Glass devices. And say another that would have no camera or at least give the users the ability to add it on later. For me I liked the idea of the screen right there in your face. Check on things like news, weather, sports, all kinds of things.

10. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I'm pretty sure that the camera issue can be fixed with some workarounds, like putting light indicator on it or stuff. But the reason that people are losing interest on it because it's simply not ready. You are paying thousands $$$ simply for a unique form-factor with basic hardware (remember first-gen MacBook Air?). It needs a few years before it can be fully mature and reasonably priced to the mass.

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Google needs to take some lessons from Apple and start producing devices and services who appear to the mass. Unfortunately google glass is not for everyone and I can't see the benefits of this device. In my opinion this google glass thing has no future and the same would apply for the nexus line of their devices.

3. mturby unregistered

And keep its loyal android users up to date with Android 5.0. since more than 50% of android fans are running a 2 years old OS.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and iOS8 just FINALLY passed 50% adoption. Now remember, its pushed to all iOS devices that can handle it. At least when android users get an update, they WANT it.. lol.

9. Sreddy unregistered

there are many other factors then ''WANT IT'' It was released recently, give it time.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yes cause no one wants an iOS update...eyeroll. Yes everyone wants to update to 5.0 and have battery and wifi killed, sounds like the best idea EVA, where do i sign up?!

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Which is the same reason people were hesitant on upgrading to ios8, issues. Or do you not remember the initial update that got pulled by Apple. Apple has problems just like any one else, to think it doesn't is being naive.

19. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Ahhhh, I remember the pain of using my Android device when an update would hit. I wouldn't want it (because of the lag), and even if I did, I couldn't get it. #androidproblems

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you didn't want it because of the lag, but you couldn't get it anyway. How would you get lag if you couldn't get the update? But if course Apple never has issues with updates do they? Which explains all the .01, .02, .03, etc updates.

34. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Relax, don't get mad. Just use your brain dude. It isn't hard. Too much time running to Androids defense not enough time sitting and thinking the reality of everything.

20. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The biggest issue was the 5GB download. However, iOS8 has also been buggy so most people are waiting for the bugs to be worked out. At least iOS users have the CHOICE to upgrade. Android users do not have the choice. They use what the carriers give them.

26. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

And I love it when super android fans have no rebuttal other than to bring apple into this conversation. Just stop and see what this story involves.. You know Google glass? The ones that I've been saying for a while that has almost no real world us and cost 1500.00? Seems Google is hell bent on changing the way they do business and charge lower amounts and making the difference up in data mining.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Reading isn't your specialty is it? TimCook brought Apple into this discussion in post 2. And as far as real world uses, see my post #16. You know what I love? When people read part of the story and act like they're making a knowledgeable statement with only some of the facts.

32. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I read your jibber jabber but none of it was all that logical or doesn't already have a solution so again it has very little necessary reason to be a real product in its current form. Although I love your pathetic attempt at being sharp with your half a$$ jabs I couldn't care less about your spin on reality.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Jibber jabber? OK, now I see who I'm dealing with. It's a shame I can't write my reply in crayon for you, so you could make sense of it. None of it was logical? Explains why they've had dashcams for years now, and just recently started experimenting with personnel mounted cameras. This could be a great tool in an ever growing litigious society. I listed only the professional fields that could find it useful, but any case where someone could be sued or possibly accused of a crime could benefit from this. It could be an alibi in that case. The difference between the existing solutions and Glass is that Glass isn't as bulky and has the ability to be less conspicuous. So far, you haven't really said much of anything, other than alleging increased data mining to offset the cost. Which was never stated in the article yet you somehow read into it that it was the case. And I noticed you didn't acknowledge that you were wrong about it being an Android fan bringing Apple into the conversation, when it was an Apple fan who did so. But I guess I shouldn't expect much else.

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

After all that it still doesn't have real multitasking, no multiwindow. Even the latest iOS has a number of features that were exclusive to Android. Only iOS half @$$ them. Like widgets, notifications, quick toggles. If you like being under the control of Apple, then that's great for the people that don't mind the direction of a dictator.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No. The OS are most of the time still being updated. Not with a stick update but it's still a new version of touchwiz or sense or whatever it is. The only people that seem to care are the haters actually. That why Android OEMs should just be like Amazon. Don't even mention which version of Android it is based on. Just mention sense 6 is going to be updated with sense 7. Whether sense 7 is based on 4.4, 5.0, or a custom Amazon version doesn't matter. As long as the update brings fresh new features and a new look. Apple updates on the other hand, are so minor and incremental. The first major revision being IOS 7, are they really any better? I would say no. Anyone can slap a new shiny number on a minor update and say everyone is up to date.

4. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

3 years later... "We have one last thing to announce." *audience trying to contain their excitement* "I think you all know what I'm talking about." *slide flashes the side of an eyewear device, audience in pre-orgasm* "Introducing, the iGlass!" *standing ovation, comic-con like hysteria, audience crying like it's the cure to cancer*

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Jon Ive stands on stage, talking about his original design (which looks exactly the same as Glass + a little apple logo) and says he was working on it first... ifans accuse Google of copying iGlass.

23. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Your comment genuinely made me laugh. Good job

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I agree +1 except nexus part

8. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I agree with you too EXCEPT the Nexus part. I mean, do phones not fit with everyone? It's actually the best representation of Android. You get pure experience with top-of-the-line hardware and reasonable price. It's simply the iPhone of Android.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I could see many applications for this, mainly any area where you need a recorded transcript of events. Law enforcement and military use could eliminate false accusations of misconduct. A cop accused of excessive force, a sting where the suspect alleges entrapment, a military officer accused of atricities. If any of them were innocent of these allegations, this could back them up. Anyone dealing with children or other professions where you want to eliminate or reduce false accusations of impropriety. If they're dealing with an abuse victim who then levies allegations of misconduct at them, this could exonerate them. Doctors who are accused of malpractice during surgery and health care workers accused of giving the wrong meds could also benefit. Areas like these could benefit from a recorded view of events. It's the same as law enforcement vehicles with dash mount cameras, except here it could record the situation if it moves outside of the dashcam's view. In all of these cases, it would give you a better understanding of the accused thought process, because you're seeing what they are. A security camera gives you a brid's eye view and shows the overall situation. But what if the officer thought he was pulling a gun, or a surgeon says he saw a bleed when there wasn't one? It wouldn't mean that their actions were correct necessarily, but it would mean the difference between an accidental and willful act.

24. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Pretty nice username you got there buddy typical comment from a typical iFan (your user name confirms this and your blind comment as well) So no body gives a f*** about it.

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Something else. I assume you meant appeal to the masses, not appear to the mass. And if they only focus on something that everyone can use, then functionality gets limited, because not everyone is very tech savvy. So they should dumb everything down so everyone can use it, rather than make a range of products, for different levels of aptitude? And if they did make a one size fits all product, what about the people who want/need something more? In clothing one size fits all works for more people, but isn't as good a fit for everyone. It's better to do multiple things well, than do one thing poorly.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Flop. That's the first word that come to mind. This is like the Segway all over again, but trust me these glasses are way creepier (Told you you should call it Googly eyes)

13. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Creepy and expensive. But I think retail price is the main culprit for its losing popularity.

17. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

But then Google would be sued by this company for using it http://www.goliathgames.us/shop/all-games/googly-eyes/

14. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Overpriced!! Should be $99 w/o frame but adaptable to most existing frames.

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