Google Glass isn’t really dead, even though the head-mounted wearable device will no longer be sold to consumers for the time being. Instead, Google reportedly plans to distribute Glass to companies and enterprises to help them with their specific needs, according to The Wall Street Journal and 9to5Google.
According to “people familiar with the company’s plans,” Google is working on getting these specialised versions of Glass, known as the “Google Glass Enterprise Edition,” out to companies via its certified “Glass for Work” partners. These partners, which have been authorised by Google to build enterprise solutions for Glass, include health care companies like Advanced Medical Applications and business development companies like Interapt.
The report says the new version of Glass will be pre-loaded from the proprietary software made from these Glass for Work partners, which have basically been “given free reign to do what they want with the hardware,” according to 9to5Google. Speaking of, the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass reportedly comes with support for faster next-generation WiFi and a bigger battery pack for extended life, but it sounds like Google and its Glass for Work startups are willing to fine-tune the hardware to make it fit specific use cases.
It’s likely you won’t see Google Glass out in public, since it’s mostly being used in private workplaces these days, but 9to5Google claims that Google has already shipped “hundreds” of these new specialised Google Glass devices. That said, it’s possible Google will eventually release a version of Glass for consumers — earlier this year, the company said those early adopters in Google Glass, called Explorers, will “see future versions of Glass when they’re ready to be released.”
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