Google Glass will grab 3G/4G data from Android phones or the Apple iPhone

Google Glass will grab 3G/4G data from Android phones or the Apple iPhone
Last week, Google posted pictures from the Google Glass related Hackathon, and also gave out details on the next batch of pre-orders. We already explained how Google is going old school-and we mean old SCHOOL by asking you to write an essay on ideas you have on how to use Google Glass. Those with the best answers will gain the privilege of shelling out $1,500 to pre-order the Explorer version of the device and have a special "pick-up experience" in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. By doing this, Google makes sure that only motivated buyers get the opportunity to purchase Glass. There also is talk that Google will open a number of retail stores to sell the product. This way, potential buyers can try it on and see how it works before laying out $1,500 for the device.

There will be no cellular radio on Google Glass

There will be no cellular radio on Google Glass

The latest news to come from Google is that there will be no cellular radio on Google Glass. Users can connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection or by connecting via Bluetooth to an Android phone or the Apple iPhone. Considering the rivalry between Google and Apple, the decision by the gang at Mountain View to allow iOS connectivity would seem unusual at first glance. But why should Google lock out a large number of potential buyers? Allowing the iPhone to provide data to Glass wearers over Bluetooth can only be a boon to Google.

Would having to tether to an Apple iPhone or Android handset detract from the Google Glass experience for you?

source: Forbes

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30 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

but can i smoke it?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No but you can "see" it.

2. mocir

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

No hate please but I genuinely think that Google Glass will be another hardware fail from Google.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I can't really see this taking off or anything. People thought the Q would be good but as you can see it was silently killed by google. Not all innovation can be practical.

22. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I don't think anybody genuinely thought the Q was going to be good. But then again that's true for all TV add-ons, you're better off getting a smart TV which offers a bigger screen and online services. The Q wasn't even an innovation, just something Google threw out there to try and compete with Apple. Will it be the last of the Nexus Q? If it doesn't show up in Google I/O 2013 then one can only hope it makes a comeback in 5 years. Google Glass however is an innovation and seems to be hitting it off judging by YouTube views. The only thing they have to do now is push it into today's fashion, which Apple used to have a lock on but slowly losing its recognition. Allowing the Glass to be both Android and iOS compatible is a good start.

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on! That was obvious. First of all, noone would use a device with a cellular 3g/4g antenna so close to the brain. I don't even think it would be allowed by regulations! What's more, the glasses would need a bigger battery that would probably be too big and heavy to be used for the glasses. Do you really think that Apple would make the impossible possible?

4. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

I'd rather have it that way anyway. Cancer rates with a cellular radio that close to your brain will skyrocket. Bluetooth is safe.

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Not at all. I'm fine with tethering.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

but will it blend?

8. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

will u blend is the real question!

7. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

1500 dollar crap that's just going to get you robbed or broke.

19. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

You actually do have a good point about getting robbed. Hadn't thought about that...

9. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Even luxury glasses aren't that expensive if the price does not go down well it'll sure be a fail Google i've believed in you since i first saw you i knew you had potential but please the fact that brought me to you was your affordable devices and Features so don't start pricing like apple for real it makes me sick of seeing you guys falling for them.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

China model coming for $500 soon :)

23. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The price is high due to it being new technology. This technology wasn't produced cheaply and R&D is expensive. LCD Flat screens were once very expensive until that new technology became yesterday's technology. Just give it some time.

10. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Even luxury glasses aren't that expensive if the price does not go down well it'll sure be a fail Google i've believed in you since i first saw you i knew you had potential but please the fact that brought me to you was your affordable devices and Features so don't start pricing like apple for real it makes me sick of seeing you guys falling for them.

15. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

It's not going to be priced like this once it's out on the mass market.

11. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Even luxury glasses aren't that expensive if the price does not go down well it'll sure be a fail Google i've believed in you since i first saw you i knew you had potential but please the fact that brought me to you was your affordable devices and Features so don't start pricing like apple for real it makes me sick of seeing you guys falling for them. Plus google you know this well if you were like that since you started you would have never got where you are i mean wouldn't have got so far

16. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

$1500 is for the explorer program, they haven't begun mass production yet so it's going to be a little steep. Once it hits the market it'll cost around $500.

29. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Oh ok so thanks cause i really thought this was the final price, but i'm pretty sure the explorer has more features than the original one right but the original version still good right?

14. metalspy101

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

wHAT ABOUT battery life the most important factor ???????????????????????????????????????????

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So after this there will be too many people seen talking to themselves? ... some tilting head up to turn it on and some tilting in other directions to fire something else. ... essentially behave like a zombie controlled by Google commands ... come thumb me down :)

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You must have never seen anybody talk with a bluetooth headset while wearing glasses with their phones in their pockets. Guess you don't get out much. Maybe your pissed that Apple/Microsoft/BB were not first. Apple was too busy trying to sue the pants off of Android OEM's then working in the lab innovating.

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Wrong presumption ... have seen many talk with bluetooth but they don't swing their heads up and down to do what they want to do ... prefer being a normal human being than be controlled by commands from command center (title head up to turn device on. tilt sideways to see submenu ... and so on ... ) ... just because it is coming from Google i don't have to accept it blindly ... do I? Looks like your are pissed that this was a Google product and criticized ... i don't even use iDevice :) Anyways i use two glasses (for sight correction) so this isn't for people like me in any case ... already fed up of carrying 2 glasses can;t add the third one ..

20. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm 100% OK with tethering. I don't see these glasses replacing my Note2 or Note 3. Plus I don't want a 2 year contract on glasses.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yeah i don't want too PAY TOO THOSE GREEDY carriers over charging with cap data

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

"OK GOOGLE" RELEASE DATE AND PRICE tag for us CONSUMERS

28. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I can see these glasses eating up so much data T__T. This is why they need to bring back unlimited data to AT&T and Verizon. Stuff like this would fully be used if unlimited data without caps would still be around.

30. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Considering the rivalry between Google and Apple, the decision by the gang at Mountain View to allow iOS connectivity would seem unusual at first glance." Err... do you delegate your work out to interns or something? You do know iOS devices use Google products/services like Google Search, Google Maps, etc. right? Being anti-cross platform is definitely not something Google is about.

31. Valdomero

Posts: 584; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

He was meaning about Android vs iOS. But yes, you're right about the integration Google has with other OS's. I really didn't see unusual the iOS connectivity, Google saw a good market to exploit with Apple consumers.

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