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by Jim Probasco.
With just about every aspect of
) Glass covered in anticipation of a public launch next year, one
important area -- apps -- has received only modest coverage. That's
about to change.
New York Times
mentioned over the weekend, and
confirmed on Tuesday, the 2014 launch of a dedicated Google Glass
According to the Marketing Land report, Google declined to share
additional details, such as whether the store would be part of
Google Play or separate, and whether developers would be able to
charge for apps.
Marketing Land noted that the current Glass API terms of service
mandate that developers offer apps free, a requirement that is not
likely to continue for too long.
On August 21, Google's Timothy Jordan, in a post on
said, "I know you'll ask: how can you get your Glassware on
MyGlass? We're working on a process for you to submit your
Glassware to get quota and be listed so that everyone can do more
with Glass." Jordan promised details "soon."
Meanwhile, clues continue to accumulate.
reported the recent discovery of a reference to "Boutique" in a
recent Google Glass software update. With no official word from
Google, it's only speculation whether the term refers to the name
of the dedicated app store or not.
Given the fact that Glass is such a unique product, the creation of
a standalone app store only makes sense. While few apps exist
currently, this will almost certainly change once the device is
widely available, especially if it arrives at a price point of
$200-$500 as has been widely reported, including by
Design & Trend
Until an official app source arrives from Google,
provided links to several websites that feature apps for the
Google Glass APPS
Stained Glass Labs
. Glass Almanac pointed out that none of these sites is official or
sanctioned by Google.
Among the more interesting apps expected to be available on the new
Glass app store are two Glass versions of apps currently available
News streaming service
announced on August 28 both Zite 2.0 for Android as well as a
. Zite for Glass will allow users to scroll through their personal
top 10 news stories in front of them without having to go to all
the trouble to pull their smartphone out of their pocket.
Another is called
, an app that tracks users' whereabouts and automatically delivers
alerts and snapshots of nearby sites, restaurants, and more,
according to Design & Trend.
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