Amidst reports of developer fatigue, lack of updates and the decline of public users, Google has announced it is ceasing production and sale of its Google Glass eyewear product. But that doesn’t mean Glass is finished.
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Google announced last Friday that Glass has ‘graduated’ from the Google X secret lab an experiment incubator and become a division unto itself. That division will report directly to new Google employee and Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The current head of Google Glass, Ivy Ross, will continue as day-to-day manager, but she too will report to Fadell, who also remains in charge of the separate and independent Nest facility.
[…”Early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike…I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products. I remain fully committed to Nest and am equally excited about our work there, which continues to accelerate.”…] – Tony Fadell, Nest CEO
The entrusting of Glass to Fadell is a sign of significant trust and serious expansion of Fadell’s powers at Google.
All this growing up means some sad news: The Google Glass explorer program is being shuttered after 2 years and there’s no indication of what the next Glass might look like or when it could appear – the company isn’t giving any timelines on new products, but they will continue the Glass at Work program.
In a Google+ post, the company said that if you want to get your hands on Google Glass you have until January 19th – one weekend to pick one up.
Its unsurprising that Glass failed to catch on with the general public, due to its high price tag, awkward look and the controversy surrounding it.
The shift in leadership to Fadell is a significant move for the product’s future. Google purchased nest roughly one year ago for $3.2billion. Fadell’s hardware experience and expertise beyond Nest included being in charge of iPod and iPhone projects at apple. The trouble Glass project could be a great use of his skills, which in turn could lend a new lease on the product.
While Google Glass as we know it is dead, Something more exciting may finally be on the augmented horizon.[Via Google Glass Official Blog]