Google Glass still getting upgrades, but still not for you

Ruben Fields
May 22, 2019

Google Glass may never become the ubiquitous computer it was originally created to be.

During the launch of the P30 Pro, Huawei declared it was planning to enter the smart glasses market in June or July of this year, in collaboration with Gentle Monster. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2's existence leaked months ago, complete with news that it would likely be moving to Android. It indicates that the wearable device is no longer just an experimental project. The new edition is available from the company's partner network. Currently, the Glass is limited to Enterprise only. There is no consumer version of the device.

After numerous leaks, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is finally official. It brings a better camera, a faster processor, and runs Android.

Google has also partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass 2 compatible with safety frames used in work environments.

The built-in display at the upper right of the glasses is a 640 x 360 optical display module, while availability is handled with by means of a dual-band 802.11ac single antenna and Bluetooth 5.x AoA. The improved internals introduces significant power savings, enhanced performance, and support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities on the new Glass.

According to Google's blog, the specs fit a larger 820mAh battery compared to the original's 570mAh. There's also an improved camera, a USB-C port, and a host of smaller updates.

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A bigger battery is included, as well.

The price of the second edition of Google Glass remain undisclosed as of now.

The Glass headset was first sold online as part of what Google called an "open beta" known as the Explorer Program, back in 2014.

Google has announced that it is re-adopting its Glass division - a longtime staple of Alphabet's moonshot incubator, X - and releasing the first major upgrade to its AR smart glasses product for enterprise customers. As such, the company instead redesigned it for working professionals, such as surgeons, physicians, factory workers, and others.

Past that, very little has changed in the headwear's overall design.

Glass was marketed as a consumer product. The iPhone would provide all the computational work, location services, Internet connectivity, and rendering. The Cupertino company already offers ARKit apps on the iPhone and iPad. Only time will tell when it will arrive.

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