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After originally promising availability in 2013,
) is now saying its Glass entry into the wearable computing space
won't happen until 2014 according to
The latest setback follows affirmation to Computerworld by inside
sources in May at the Google I/O developer conference that the
retail device would ship before the end of 2013. Beta (Explorer)
versions of Glass were first made available in Feb.
Prior to the May developers' conference, Google's former CEO Eric
Schmidt had said that the product would not be available until
2014. According to Computerworld, Schmidt told a BBC reporter in
April, "It's fair to say there will be thousands in use over the
months and there will be changes made based on feedback, but it's
fair to say it's a year-ish away."
Responding to news of the apparent date change, Moor Insights &
Strategy analyst Patrick Moorhead told Computerworld, "I'm pleased
that Google has the discipline to hold Glass back until they think
it's perfect." Moorhead added, "Typically, Google will throw
products out before they're ready, like the Nexus Q. Glass is a new
category of devices and it's important that it works well."
Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at ZK Research said, "That's
interesting, but not surprising. Glass has so much hype around it
that it's more important Google get it right than get it out early
or on time."
Given the combination of privacy concerns and many complaints that
Glass isn't a very attractive accessory, some analysts believe the
delay may have more to do with marketing than any technical
problems with the product.
Gabriel Consulting Group analyst Dan Olds told Computerworld,
"Businesses have banned them preemptively and there have been lots
of discussions about how this device impacts privacy."
Olds added, "I think Google wants some extra time to figure out how
to best introduce Glass and how to make prospective customers, and
the people around them, feel more comfortable with the technology."
Although 8,000 Google Explorers paid $1,500 for the right to test
The China Post
reported in early August that the retail version would likely cost
around $300. Researcher Jason Tsai told reporters that the display
component, which accounts for the lion's share of the total cost of
materials, would run less than $35.
Tsai also told reporters, "We believe wearable devices will face
the first wave of growth in the coming one to three years due to
their innovative features, and will then experience a rapid growth
in the next phase when the market becomes more mature."
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