Eric Schmidt Confirms Google Glass Isn’t Dead

In January, Google announced that they were ending the Explorer program and would no longer be selling Google Glass. When Google announced this news the media went into a blitz about how “Google Glass is dead.” When, in reality, Google was only ending a weird testing phase for the device.

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Google’s smart glasses never had a consumer launch. Google Glass since its reveal has been a prototype and the Explorer program was a way for people to beta test it. While the device did cost money and was quite expensive, it was never a finished product nor was it meant to be treated like one.

Still, while the device was in a beta phase, a lot of people thought of it as a finished product. So, when Google announced that they were ending the Explorer program, people automatically assumed that Google was just giving up on the device. When they were really just ending a beta program to work on the device some more. And, On Monday, Eric Schmidt confirmed this.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt stated that the project has been put into the hands of Tony Fadell so that he can “make it ready for users”. In the interview Eric Schmidt also said:

“We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

So, really Google Glass is not dead and is still being worked on. But, while a lot of things are pointing towards a future with Google Glass, people are still saying Google Glass is dead. Even with Eric Schmidt confirming that the device is still being worked on, people want to say that Google Glass is dead. But hey, at the end of the day, at least Explorers and wearables fans know that Google Glass will return someday.

Source: WSJ