Google has released an improved version of its Glass Enterprise Edition, which is geared for business. They have more powerful specifications, a fresh design, numerous additional improvements, and a staggering $999 price tag.
Google Glass, which was publicly shown in April 2012, was an ultimately futile attempt to provide us with smarter spectacles. The majority of us had great hopes, but after a few months, interest waned.
In 2017, the business-oriented Glass Enterprise Edition was released by the company as a follow-up. Google described it at the time as “a new chapter” for the gadget. These performed better. Although it’s challenging to gauge their uptake precisely, some of their clients include DHL, Volkswagen, Samsung, and General Electric. The glasses are not offered to customers directly.
A third major version of Google Glass has been released by the company.
With Glass Enterprise Edition 2, Google has returned. While the specs are thicker and come with a safety-focused frame created in collaboration with Smith Optics, the design hasn’t changed all that much. Still available for purchase is a more conventional design. Using Glass, employees may view instructions, share images or videos of inspections, access checklists, and more.
The specifications suit a larger 820mAh battery as opposed to the original’s 570mAh, according to Google’s blog. The more potent Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform with a quad-core 1.7GHz CPU constructed using a 10nm manufacturing process is among the other enhancements. This setup, according to Google, “enables significant power savings, enhanced performance, support for computer vision, and advanced machine-learning capabilities.”
Additionally, there is 3GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, an 8MP camera with better performance, a USB-C connection that supports faster charging, Bluetooth 5, a single 6-axis accelerometer, and a single 3-axis magnification inside the frame. The display has a 640x360 resolution, just like the prior iteration. The whole specs sheet is available at this location.
A third major version of Google Glass has been released.
The $999 glasses now run Android Oreo 8.0 and include Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management functionality. According to Google, the operating system should facilitate users’ integration of services and APIs (application programming interfaces).
It’s obvious that the tech giant has, at least temporarily, given up on the consumer version of the glasses. However, it believes that the business model has potential. The device has transitioned from X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, to Google, where the original generation of Glass Enterprise Edition was experimental.
It’s fair to argue that the idea of smart glasses hasn’t really taken off yet. However, they are being gradually repositioned to seem more like standard glasses, which should provide the category with a much-needed boost.